Long road ahead for many Chenango towns

BAINBRIDGE – Sump pumps droned and the odor of fuel oil hung heavy in the air Sunday as residents living along Front Street in Bainbridge shifted load after load of household debris to ever-increasing piles at the curb with the help of family, friends and neighbors.

Two days after the floodwaters finally began to recede, a coat of slippery river mud still covered the streets and sidewalks. Every blade of grass at a nearby little league field bears a similar residue. Apples dot the chain link fence surrounding the field, wedged there by the force of the waters which surged through the neighborhood.

Someone cleverly inscribed “Aqua Man” on the side of a silt-covered car, which was submerged after being abandoned by its driver on the shoulder. Next to it is a stop sign. The water line, a few inches from the top of the red octagon, shows the height to which the waters ultimately rose, well over the roof of the vehicle.

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