Multiple rounds of strong thunderstorms tore through Wyoming County Sunday, flooding streets in the Village of Perry, where Main Street was closed briefly between Washington and Center streets.
The Wyoming County Health Department, office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross distributed cleanup kits Monday at the Perry Fire Department Recreation Building, 66 Buckland Ave.
“Once you get back in your home and know it’s safe you need to worry about long-term damage. Things like mold can cause a real health concern down the road,” said Jay Bonfede, chief communications officer for the American Red Cross Western and Central NY Region. “Hopefully these cleanup kits will prevent some of those potential situations from happening.”
Mops, buckets, bleach, rubber gloves and brooms were distributed with the idea that damages incurred by flooding go beyond destroying the home’s structural integrity.
Floodwaters and all they carry compromise the health of the home and its occupants.
The flash flood watch that affected Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Livingston, Ontario, southern Erie and Wyoming counties was lifted at 6 a.m. Monday. A flash flood watch means the threat of flash flooding exists along rivers and creeks.
Over the weekend, counties in Central New York also were walloped by heavy rain storms. Warsaw, Silver Springs and Castile also experienced heavy rains. Substantial flooding was reported in Livingston County, including Honeoye, Mount Morris, Avon, Livonia and Lakeville.
In Wyoming County, Emergency Services reported 53 requests for basement pump-outs, requiring the services of 17 fire department crews and the placement of 400 sand bags. Fire companies on the scene were: Perry, Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Castile and Mount Morris.
Areas within the Village of Perry that were most affected were: Dolbeer, Grove, Washington and Needham streets.
And while the centers at the Bradford School and Odessa Fire Department are now closed, volunteers continue to work with affected families to make sure immediate emergency needs are met.
A free emergency app is available from the Red Cross that provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. It includes checklists on actions to take before and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location.
The app is available by searching “American Red Cross” or by visiting www.redcross.org/apps.
A new flash flood watch was issued for Monday night until Tuesday morning for all of Western New York. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the greatest potential for flash flooding is across the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley and the Southern Tier.