Whitesboro woman grateful for neighborhood's help to dry out after roaring waters

A park is flooded in Oriskany.

In Oneida County, many people will spend the coming days and weeks drying out and cleaning up from water damage.

Michelle Miner, of Whitesboro, says she woke up to a text from her neighbor at 4 a.m. Friday morning, telling her to get out of her house because waters were rising.

When she looked outside, she couldn't even see her 4-and-a-half-foot high swimming pool, because the muddy water measured just as high rushing through her backyard.

In Miner's basement, the water was ankle deep. Everything was gone.

"It's gut-wrenching," Michelle says. "Everything I own, is laid out on the car. It's basically ruined. Couches, we'll have to replace, our cars are totaled out. You can't explain it, it hurts. It's hard."

A rescue boat took Michelle and her husband up the street to her mother-in-law's house -- the only home on Ellis Avenue that didn't flood.

Michelle says she doesn't know what she would have done without support from her neighbors, many of whom came over earlier in the day bringing generators and mops to help clean up.

Many along Ellis Avenue experienced severe flooding two years ago, so those supplies are readily available.