DEPOSIT (WBNG) – Village of Deposit Mayor Bryan Moore says dozens of residents have expressed concerns about rising water on Second Street.
Moore says flooding between Church Street and Dean Street has gotten progressively worse since August of 2018.
“There’s a lot of frustration within the village over it,” said Moore. “Every time it rains we have had some real drainage issues.”
The Mayor says the recent flooding has caused dangerous driving conditions and residents say winter weather has made it even worse.
“There was a ton of water coming out and it dropped 50 degrees almost in the course of a night and the next day the road was icy, the sidewalks are icy. The county actually sent out salt to treat the roads several times and we thought it was best to close the road,” said Moore.
“The drainage doesn’t work. It was blocked just the day before and it was so icy that they blocked it so there would be no accidents,” said Renata Havlicek, a resident on Second Street.
Residents say the drainage issues are affecting local churches, homes and businesses.
“It’s an inconvenience for sure and it stops the traffic to the store that I work at right here. The water overflows right into the parking lot and no one wants to get all wet,” said Corinne Parsons from Deposit.
The mayor says even though the road is owned by Broome County and the village has been using its own resources in the past to close and fix the road.
Mayor Moore wrote a post on his Facebook page vowing to no longer spend taxpayer dollars on the county road.
“We are short or resources and men and so it can be strenuous for us,” said Moore.
The village says it’s now working with Broome County’ Department of Public Works to fix the drainage issues.
12 News reached out to the DPW and officials sent us the following statement:
“The Broome County Department of Public Works is aware of this issue. There are a lot of
contributing factors to drainage issues in Deposit, including the problems on Second Street. It’s a systemic wide problem that’s been going on for a long time, and we are working on how to best resolve it.
Broome County DPW plans to TV the line on Second Street to evaluate the condition of the pipe to see if there’s need for an immediate repair. Additionally, we have applied for a FEMA grant for a study of the entire drainage system in the area. The department hopes to work together on the local and county level to problem solve these issues.”
“The DPW is going to be bringing out a camera because there may be a partial collapse of the old clay tile pipe which could be contributing to the worsening of the problem,” said Moore.
Moore says he hopes to get the problem resolved once and for all.
As winter weather approaches on Tuesday, Moore says the county will be able to take care of the road if it once again becomes an issue.