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CORPS DEALING WITH FLOODING WOES

The Army Corps of Engineers was at Cayuga Village Trailer Park Friday trying to devise a plan to stop the kind of flooding that has recently occurred there, Town Supervisor Steven C. Richards said.

"They are conducting a reconnaissance survey so they can come up with a plan to alleviate the problem," Richards said.

Late Thursday, town and trailer park officials teamed up to construct a 2 1/2 -to-3-foot berm for close to a half-mile along Cayuga Creek to prevent it from overflowing onto Elderberry Place and flooding the park. The minor flooding onto Elderberry Place that did occur was pumped out of the roadway and posed no immediate threat to residents, Richards said.

Unseasonably warm weather caused the snow from two heavy snowfalls this year to melt so quickly the sewers could not handle the flow and the resulting runoff caused the creek to overflow, Richards said.

The entire park was evacuated on Jan. 8 when the residential area became flooded, with up to four feet of water around trailer homes in some locations.

Richards said the berm -- the town supplied the clay and trailer park officials hired Hasley Tucking to haul it -- kept the flooding in check and will remain in place until the Corps of Engineers develops a plan to remedy the problem and it is put into action.

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