LANSING, N.Y. — Significant flooding hit Lansing Thursday night, as an estimated 2.5 inches of rain fell over the town and water rushed over roads and into homes, according to Lansing Town Supervisor Kathy Miller.


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“This is the third year we’ve had what the storm-water people call a 100-year storm. Now we’re getting them every year,” Miller said.

Here’s a video of some of the flooding damage (footage provided by Miller):

In an interview, Miller noted the following damage:

— Homes damaged: At least three homes sustained “really significant” damage, Miller said.

One homeowner saw his pool “probably ruined,” as well as a basement rented out to tenants flooded by up to two feet of water, according to Miller.

“This happened to him last year, too; and, so, needless to say his tenant is going to move,” Miller said.

— Roads flooded: It also flooded significantly from Armstrong Road past the fire hall, according to Miller. Auburn Road/Route 34 was the hardest hit, according to state officials, she said.

Several ditches overflowed and culverts were also washed out, she said.

“The ground is saturated right now,” she said. “We’ve had so much rain; it’s all on the surface so it just runs off.”

— Corner at Xtra Mart: Some of the worst flooding Miller said she saw was at the Xtra Mart gas station in Lansing.

“Once I got down there I started taking photos and videos. It was really significant; I was amazed,” she said. “The corner was flooded out.”

Here are photos submitted by one reader:

‘Proactive’ solution needed for flooding, supervisor says

Miller said a “proactive solution” is needed involving state, town and county lawmakers to respond to flooding. The incidence of severe flooding in the area has increased in the last few years, Miller said.

Regardless of if it’s being caused by climate change or something else, lawmakers must react, Miller said.

“It is scary stuff,” she said. “We have to be proactive with this.”

“Two years previous to this we had bad rains in August. We had similar problems in a different area; now, this year, we’re having this a month earlier, and we may not be done.”

Jeff Stein

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