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Town of Kirkwood looks to recover from more flooding

KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — Tuesday night’s floods were devastating in the Town of Kirkwood, but what made them even more devastating was that they were just a latest in a string of severe weather events in the area.

"It’s just one thing after another," said John Finch, the Commissioner of Public Works for Kirkwood.

Several roads were closed and even washed out. Several of the road washouts trapped residents in their homes with no way of leaving.

Officials said the recovery process will not be an easy one.

"Not only is it going to take time, it’s going to take money as well. We’ll need help from New York State, the county, FEMA, whatever. I don’t know how long it’s going to take," said Gordie Kniffen, the Kirkwood Town Supervisor.

Officials said that before last night, the damage would have been estimated to cost around $100,000, but after all of the floods, that figure is now closer to $1M.

Finch said that in some ways, Tuesday’s floods were even more devastating than the catastrophic 2011 floods.

"As far as destruction of homes, not as bad obviously. As far as roads, just as bad if not worse. One road in particular, Pope’s Ravine… We’re not even sure how we can repair that," Finch said.

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