Residents seek shelter, pump out homes

NORWICH – Flooding from the Chenango River and Canasawacta Creek due to ongoing heavy rains forced Norwich residents in the south and west sides of the city to evacuate their homes late Tuesday night. At least 57 of them sought shelter with the Red Cross at the Stanford J. Gibson Elementary School on Ridgeland Drive.

“Police said to evacuate, so we got out,” said Cortland Street resident Marylin Coffee, who described what she said was a river of water that ran onto her front lawn at around 11 p.m. last night.

Residents on nearby Pleasant Street said that thigh-high flood water from the Canasawacta Creek had made their homes extremely unsafe.

“I had to go and pull my mother out of it,” said Laura Gould, whose mother lives on Pleasant Street. “She was covered.”

As the rain let-up for a time this morning and the water levels receded, some residents had a chance to return home and view the extent of the flooding.

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