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Deja vu in Stella: town experiences washed out roads for second time in less than a yearSubmitted: 05/18/2017
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
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Deja vu in Stella: town experiences washed out roads for second time in less than a year
ONEIDA COUNTY - Imagine spending nearly $40,000 to fix a road. Imagine having to do that again less than a year later. That's the struggle the town of Stella is experiencing after the storms on Wednesday night. 

One of the town supervisors, Bob Goodin woke up to a phone call at about 6 a.m. this morning. He found out Tenderfoot Road was washed away for the second straight year.

"The damage, the erosion to the road and the shoreline is pretty devastating," said Goodin.


The town of Stella saw roads being washed out for the second straight year on Thursday. Last year in October, Tenderfoot Road was washed out from heavy rains.

"We had about a 12 foot deep crater by 30 feet wide," said Goodin.

Thunderfoot Road was washed out again after a dam on private property broke. Spring Drive was also washed out because of that.

"The water was just too much for the culvert and claimed the road," said Goodin.

It will cost up to $40,000 to repair the two roads and will hopefully be repaired by next week. The town of Stella will apply for devastation aid.

"Typically you have to pay for everything upfront and if you're approved for it, you get a portion back," said Goodin.

That can take anywhere from three-six months.

Over in the town of Nokomis, there was also high flooding.

"I woke up and I've got a big lake," said Nokomis resident, Roger Olson.

Olson was pretty surprised by all the rain over the last few days.

"I've been here for 10 years and haven't seen this yet," said Olson.

Luckily, the water didn't damage anything on his property.

"I'm just waiting for it to go away so we can at least cut the grass," said Olson.

Some are just waiting to cut their grass and some are waiting to get their normal route to town back. No one is trapped in their house in Stella, they just have to take about a ten-mile detour before the road is fixed.

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