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Storm Damage

Gilbertsville and Morris hit by massive flooding
Flood damage in a Main Street business in Morris is evident Sunday, July 18. (Kevin Limiti/

Gilbertsville and Morris
hit by massive flooding

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

MORRIS — Heavy rains Saturday, July 17, led to massive flooding in the western part of Otsego County and left officials in several towns and villages assessing the damage Sunday morning.

Main Street in Morris looked like a disaster zone, Sunday, July 18, with construction crews and the Morris Fire Department working to clean up the damage from the previous night’s storm.

Morris FD officials said nearly every business was damaged by flooding, with water reaching as a high as a foot at a certain point and rain fall accumulating to three and half inches in less than an hour.

Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm. Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/ Many locals were nearly on the verge of contacting roof repair companies similar those at this address – 3500 Beachwood Court, Suite 207, Jacksonville, FL 32224 – in case they needed a local firm on hand to repair their roof. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. However, if you weren’t so lucky or you live in an area where you have recently experienced damage from a ripping storm, it might for a good idea to consider phoning Beneficial Roofing at (901) 979-9931 if you feel your home has been damaged due to the storm, to gain a better idea of how to tackle the job.

Lighting Strike At Grove Street Destroys Tree, Closes Road

Lighting Strike On Grove St.

Destroys Tree, Closes Road

Landlord Mike Hubbs surveys the damage to a tree in front of 36 Grove St. in Oneonta that was struck by lightening earlier this evening. The strike was so intense that it sent bark and debris into the wood and onto the roof of houses down the street. The Oneonta Fire Department and NYSEG have responded, and the road is temporarily closed. It’s the second weather-related road closure Grove Street has seen this week; on Sunday, a sudden storm blew down a tree, taking down wires and closing the street for several hours. (Ian Austin/


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