Sept. 15, 2021
BATH, NY – From County Spokesperson Mary Perham and County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti:
Nine days after a flash flood devastated southern Steuben County, county roads in that beleaguered region were open, thanks to dedicated county road crews and shared services. County Public Works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said repairs on 10 county roads were undertaken with the assistance of town trucks and drivers from Rathbone, Pulteney, Wayne, Cohocton, Addison, Bath, Wayland, Prattsburgh, Urbana, Woodhull, Tuscarora and Corning, along with five trucks supplied by Allegany County. Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District Manager Jeff Parker and his small crew also managed the flood projects and provided equipment and operators, with the assistance of the Chemung County district personnel, he said.
Bridges in the area were inspected by county engineers and the state Department of Transportation the morning immediately following the flood with the county crew inspecting the bridges again after the waters subsided, he said. Coordinating detours for the damaged roads was accomplished with the help of Brian Kelly and Jim Rusack from the state DOT, according to Spagnoletti. In addition to road repairs, county and town public works teams made sweeps through the hamlet of Woodhull and other towns to remove flood debris from damaged homes, he said. That clean-up assistance is continuing. In addition to providing invaluable assistance through shared services to the county Public Works Department, town highway crews have labored tirelessly since Aug. 18 to repair their local roads and bridges. “We would like to recognize the efforts of the men and women in those crews who worked so diligently to make their own roads and those of their neighbors safer to travel,” said county Manager Jack Wheeler.