'We can barely leave our house': Flood lingers for weeks in western Oneida CountySubmitted: 06/19/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

'We can barely leave our house':  Flood lingers for weeks in western Oneida County
TOWN OF NOKOMIS, ONEIDA COUNTY - One family in the Tomahawk area said having lots of water around was fun. At first.

Now, having their yard under several inches of water is getting old.

Center Road in the Town of Nokomis, and neighboring yards, have been flooded for more than a month. People nearby say the area hasn't been underwater in decades, before now.

Tiffany Webie hasn't been able to see her driveway in weeks.

"So it's like, 'Is the ground still there?' It's just like a guessing game to see if we still have a driveway. It's just a real pain," she said. "Now, it's just ridiculous."

The family has trouble getting to and from their home because of the high water. But families of ducks have had no problems swimming around the yard.

"We now have two families. Our first family, they go up there by our apple tree, looking for worms and all that," Webie said.

A wet spring has led neighbors to pump basement water into the road, contributing to the washout. Plus, the area has gotten more than four inches of rain in the last week.

"I want to move to Alaska. That would be better," Webie said. "I can deal with the snow. It's just, all of this rain, we can barely leave our house."

The Town of Nokomis told neighbors it would start a new process to remove the water on Thursday.

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