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Evacuations and road closings in Avon
Photo Courtesy of viewer Megan Blums Coty
Avon, N.Y. - People driving down Main Street in Avon had to navigate through several inches of water. The heavy rain caused flooding even on main streets. Other roads were partially closed due to rushing water.
The flooding washed away a section of North Littleville Road, just ten minutes after a truck had passed by. Carole O'Donaghue saw the whole thing happen. She videotaped it on her phone and watched as the rushing water flooded her yard, carrying with it debris and pavement from the collapsed section of the road.
O'Donaghue said it was scary. Her daughter Kelly said two small bridges in their backyard were washed away within seconds of the rush of water. Luckily their home wasn't damaged.
The home sits several feet above the yard, so there was only minor water damage near the basement.
70 children had to be evacuated from the Kids Club Childcare Center off Main Street as water filled the parking lot and headed towards the center's front doors.
They lost power.
Avon Police brought in buses to help keep the children safe and warm until their parents picked them up.
It was challenging for town workers to keep drivers off of roads that were closed because of flooding or dangerous conditions due to the rushing water.
Some people took their chances and went down them anyway.
Denny McGraw said he hasn't seen anything like this in years. A small culvert in his backyard turned into a river. He had a foot of water in his garage and basement.
Lisa Chawdy left home without a coat or umbrella to head to her dentist's office in Avon. That was the least of her problems. She was one of many drivers who slowly made it through several inches of water on Main Street to get to where they needed to go.