State of Emergency Issued in Wake of Flash Flooding in Honeoye

The Ontario County Town of Richmond, which includes Honeoye, under a State of Emergency in the wake of the worst rain storm to hit the area in decades. By nightfall, six roads remained closed, washed out by flash floods, causing extensive damage that will keep repair crews busy until mid-September.

Richmond's Highway Superintendent Thomas Fleig, after making a preliminary survey of the town's 52 miles of roads, estimated damage in the neighborhood of 450 thousand dollars.

Flagg has worked for the Highway Department for 29 years and he's seen a lot of storms. We asked him how this one compared.

Fleig says under the Town's declaration of a State of Emergency, the public is asked to refrain from any unneccessary travel for the next seven days. 

The storm dumped about seven inches of rain and it happened quickly and with dramatic effect.  There were no injuries reported in Monday's storm, but Richmond Town Fire Chief Ken Adami said fire crews had to help homeowners vacate flooded properties. Adami said the runoff from the hills in nearby Bristol caused the flash floods that triggered Monday's weather emergency.

In a related development, Sheriff's Offices in Yates and Ontario Counties issued a boater's advisory for Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes due to floating debris that washed into the lakes from storm runoff.  A sudden rise in water levels prompted law enforcement officials to caution boaters to slow down and be aware of objects, even, in some cases, entire trees.

Monday's flash flooding washed out roads in and around the Town of Richmond.  Highway Superintendent Fleig said every road in the Town was impacted by the storm and five of those roads remain closed as of last night.

The list includes five roads in the Town of Richmond and one in the Town of Canadice:      

• East Lake RD - South of Co RD 33
• Cole Rd
• Mc Clurg RD
• Allens Hill Rd
• Bell RD
• Canadice Lake ¾ mile South of Rte 20A (Town of Canadice)

Flash flooding prompted the Town of Richmond to declare a State of Emergency.

An attorney's office is under water as flash flooding engulfed Honeoye in the Ontario County Town of Richmond.


More photos by James Rowley, Finger Lakes News Radio


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