NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Two heavily-trafficked local bridges are being assessed for damage Monday morning after significant flooding hit the region last night, according to emergency responders.

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The two bridges — 1) at the intersection of Route 34/96 and Brown Road, and 2) at the intersection of Route 34/96 and Hulbert Hollow Rd — are being evaluated by NY State highway department personnel, says Lee Shurtleff, director of the Tompkins County Emergency of Response.

Shurtleff says the bridges’ status would be better known in a few hours, but that if they suffered structural damaged it would be terrible for local commuters. The road is closed to traffic at both locations.

“That’s a heavily traveled corridor,” he said, adding that it was critical for connecting commuters between the Ithaca and Spencer areas.

Shurtleff added that there’s about a dozen, maybe more, roads so far affected by the local flooding — which appears to have struck Danby and Newfield particularly hard.


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