LATEST: Residents continue to dig out after destructive flooding

The southern parts of Seneca County are still recovering – as state agencies take the lead on those recovery efforts in Interlaken, Lodi, and Covert.

Last Tuesday, these areas were crushed by destructive flooding, which was historic. The National Weather Service reported that upwards of 9 inches of rain fell in just 24 hours, most of which came down in a span of just three or four hours.

Multiple agencies and organizations in South Seneca and Schuyler County are accepting donations, or are aiding with cleanup. “It will take months, if not years for this community – particularly Lodi Point – to get ‘back to normal’, but they’re all working hard to get back on their feet,” explained one recovery worker, helping out in Lodi Point.

As many as 40 homes were damaged or destroyed, and overall cost of the destruction is expected to be in the millions.

As of Tuesday morning, Homeland Security was at Lodi Point turning away media from the area being recovered.


RUTLAND, VT.  (August 20, 2018) – Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) officials announced today that due to the heavy rainfall received on Tuesday, August 14th Forest Service Road H38, and the Fossenvue Trail both located off of State Rte 414 at Caywood Point are closed to both vehicle and foot travel.

The road and the trail, provide direct access to Seneca Lake; however both received significant damage from the storm causing them to be washed out.  The trail has been eroded to such an extent that it is down to bedrock in many locations.  In their current state, neither are safe for either vehicle or foot travel and are currently closed to at this time.

Access is still permitted to the Caywood Point via Seneca Lake.

In the coming weeks, FLNF personnel will be completing a damage assessment of this area, however it is not anticipated that the road or trail will reopen in the near future. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jodie L. Vanselow, District Ranger at (607) 546-4470 ext 3314 or via email at [email protected].

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with a mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on the country’s national forests contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region.

Here’s the latest from social media, as Lodi and the surrounding areas continue to recover from last week’s historic, destructive flooding:





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