While they've lived along its shores for years, most of Binghamton's South Side residents have never seen the Susquehanna River at their front doors. YNN's Chris Whalen spoke with folks in the Vestal Avenue neighborhood as the flood waters rose to historic levels Thursday.
BINGHAMTON, NY--It was a flood nobody on Binghamton's South Side saw coming.
"We are shocked, never seen it like this, never, never water like this, up to this level," said South Side resident Suzanne Myette.
Residents in the area of Conklin and Vestal Avenues say it's already past the effects of the 2006 floods.
"This is so much worse than what I was seeing back then.
Homes and businesses were inundated by Thursday afternoon.
"There's not an awful lot when you're talking to somebody who sees their business under six feet of water, there's not an awful lot you can say, you try to give them encouragement all you can," said Broome County legislator John Hutchings who represents parts of the South Side.
After being dismissed early on the first day of school Wednesday, schools in Broome County were closed again Thursday.
"I was so mad because I had all my best friends in my class and I had the best teacher I could get," said third grader Sophia Brewster.
MacArthur Elementary was another casualty of the flood waters, and students who had class inside can't believe the sight.
"I'm really sad because the school and the library were like my second home," said sixth grader Bailey Layish.
And even after the water recedes, parents wonder when and where their children will go back to school.
"Now there's just uncertainty, we have no idea where they're going, when they're getting back to school, the girls were really excited, it was time to go back, so it's a devastating loss," said South Side resident John Layish.
One of many losses on the South Side following the second historic flood in just five years.