Residents clean up, after heavy rains pound the area

Posted at: 06/13/2013 11:16 PM
Updated at: 06/13/2013 11:17 PM

Rains pounded the area, and people in southern Monroe County saw some of the worst of it. The Rush Fire Department tells us about three feet of water flooded the towns four corners. One man in rush told us the water was so high, it reached almost the top of his basement stairs. What should you do next if your basement flooded or the prevent it from happening in the future.

There are a couple simple things you can do if you live in an area prone to flooding. But what happened to some Rush residents was totally unexpected. In fact some people told us they have never seen flooding like this.

“My teaching training books, and underneath here...my fathers scrapbooks from world war II.”

When we caught up with Ron Faugh this evening. He invited us to check out the damage in his basement. As he goes through his things, he can't believe the precious items that may now be lost forever, including his fathers plaques for being a firefighter.

Faugh's grandfather grew up in this house. That's how long it's been in the family. But within just a matter of minutes, he says water came rushing in today. This is what he told us when we first spoke with him this afternoon.

“When it first started, I looked out my kitchen window and I looked and I told my wife look, quick, it was like a sea of water coming down the street,” said Faugh.

The Rush Fire Department was busy for hours. Bob Faugh is the Public Information Officer. He's also Ron Faugh's older brother. In 48 years, as part of the fire department, Bob says he's never seen anything like this.

“Even when Agnes came thru in 72, we had a lot of flooded basements, but we didn't have the water outside the houses so we could pump the water out. A lot of cases today we couldn't pump the water anywhere, because their houses surrounded with water,” said Faugh.

That was the case northeast of of Rush, along Thornell Road in Pittsford. John Milano was counting his blessing his basement didn't flood. At the same time, he was keeping a sense humor about it all.

“Well my value went up, I'm told I'm on waterfront property now,' said Milano.

So what should you do if you experienced flooding in your basement?

Rush Fire Chief, Jim Bucci advises you to make sure your furnace and water heater are turned off if they were covered in water, then have them inspected before using them or turning them on.

To prevent flooding, he recommends you check your sump pump regularly. If you’re home is in a low-lying area, he says you may want to consider purchasing a second sump pump or a back up generator, and he advises you to have a plan in place in the event of a flood.

And as for insurance companies picking up the costs, Ron Faugh says he contacted his insurance agent and he says they'll be sending someone in the morning to assess the damage. He like many other homeowners don't have flood insurance.