Hey guys. With the city pretty much shut down tonight, I decided to venture out tonight to see if I could capture some footage of what is going on up here in Binghamton right now. I have to tell you, I had no idea of the magnitude of this flood. Seriously. It's easy if you have not been out, or if you're in another part of the country to think nothing of it. But peoples homes and everything they have worked for are in real danger here. I shudder to think what could happen to those people stupid enough to ride it out in their homes, and not heed the flood evacuation warnings. Anyway, let's take a little journey shall we?
These pictures are from the first part of my journey. These are overall shots of the river. In the second pic you will notice a little church in nestled into the trees. It is dangersly cloose to the river bank.
Ok, now for the next portion. These pics show where Otsiningo Park used to be. It is now Lake Otsiningo.
This picture was taken from the vantage point of the park itself, safely atop a bridge.
Here is the pathway leading into the park.
Here is the road leading into the park. Not very far to go.
Ok, now for the video footage.
This was taken from atop the bridge leading to Otsiningo Park. Notice all the debris floading down the river(Tires, trees, garbage cans, etc). You will also see nature building it's own little damn.
This was taken on the other side of the bridge. Here you will see just how high the river is in relation to the bridge. The river has yet to begin to crest.
This footage was taken in downtown Binghamton. This is as close as we could get to within the city. This footage is a little scary. The water is about a foot below the flood wall. Once the river crests, the city could be a lake. You will also notice sirens going off and the sound of a helicopter over head. These are the sounds we have been hearing all day.
And here are the steps leading up to a platform above the flood wall. The platform is roughly two feet above the flood wall. Yeah, scary.
So, there you have it I hope you have gained something from this little journey. My attempt was not to make light of this in any way. There is nothing funny about loss, whether it be homes, posessions, lives, pets, etc. I simply wanted to capture the magnitude of what is going here in the Northeast. And the sad part is, it isn't even over yet.