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NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Tara Caccia and her mother were up until 4 a.m. Monday morning, fearing that emergency crews would have to evacuate their trailer park amid heavy flooding in Tompkins County.

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Inside the home with Caccia was her mother Janet and the family’s cockatoo, Jamie, its bunny, Saint, and its pug, Mattie.

“We were worried that if they evacuated us,” Caccia said in an interview Monday morning, “that they wouldn’t let us take our pets.”

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That frightful possibility did not come to pass. A feared second round of rain did not hit the Caccia family’s Newfield home in the early morning hours, and they were allowed to stay in their home — unlike some other families who were forced out of their homes late Sunday night.

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But the family wasn’t spared of significant damage, either.

Caccia said she was in her room and her mother was taking a nap when someone loudly banged on her door to say that the bridge connecting the Jim Ray Trailer Park to the wider world was being flooded.

Caccia says she uses the bridge every day. Yesterday, when they were first alerted to the danger, she the bridge was only flooded with a few inches of water. That would eventually increase to about four feet, she said.

The water both overflowed the bridge and flowed down to by Caccia’s home.

“It was really scary, the water was coming right up to our porch,” she says. “It was rushing right toward our house.”

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Caccia estimated a few thousand dollars worth in damage to her trailer, though she added that the family has flood insurance.

“Our siding and our installation — all below was flooded,” she says. “It was really scary.”

When the family woke up Monday morning, they found that there were “piles and piles of mud” at the trailer’s extension.

“The plants and all the stuff in our yard is gone,” she says.

Rosebushes and different flowers, recently purchased from Lowe’s, were also swept away by the water.

“By the time we realized there was flooding,” Caccia says, “it was too late to grab them.”


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.