Cleanup efforts continue after Ithaca flooding

The City of Ithaca remains under a Local State of Emergency until Thursday after last week's floods. The City continues facing localized flooding, and cleanup will continue through the rest of the week.

Residents are encouraged to keep their sandbags through the spring, and are asked to not empty them into the streets or creeks because they could contribute to a bigger flooding problem.

Neighbors along Cascadilla Creek are crediting Ithaca's Department of Public Works with keeping their homes dry after the flooding.

"The biggest thing I think to say is to thank the crew," said Ann Martin, who lives directly next to Cascadilla Creek and did not have any water in her home.

"I'm grateful that we didn't have to replace our hot water heater or furnace," said Carol Cedarholm, who lives near Cascadilla Creek. "So I think Syvante Myrick and all the city workers did an amazing job."

Joan Serra also lives near Cascadilla Creek, and said her basement is prone to flooding. "Usually we get a lot up through the floor when the ground can't hold it anymore," explained Serra. "But last time I was down there, it was dry, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we're over the worst."

Ithaca Mayor Syvante Myrick credits the city's DPW crews with keeping homes dry and stopping the floods from becoming a major disaster.

"They're unsung heroes, but I'll tell you, we're singing their praises today," said Myrick. "What they did...the level of creativity, the level of ingenuity and the hard work in impossible conditions."

Mayor Myrick also credited the state and other local governments for providing mutual aid, and said an estimated 250 volunteers filled and delivered 5,000 sandbags to neighbors in need.

The City is continuing to monitor creek conditions, and encourages residents to do the same.