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Residents cleaning up after Sylvan Beach flood

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Residents cleaning up after Sylvan Beach flood
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People in Sylvan Beach are saying it's the worst flood they've ever seen. No injuries were reported from Thursday's ice jam on Fish Creek, but as YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us, they have quite a bit of cleaning up to do.

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. -- Basically everything June Boardman had to remember her loved ones by is gone.

"I don't even know if I can save any of these," she said.

"My husband's deceased, and so is my sister and her husband, the four of us owned the campground. So all those pictures, you can't bring them back," Boardman explained.

Thursday's flood of Fish Creek hit her hard.

"Oh yeah, I had it was about a foot of water in here," she said.

Her bedroom is being dried out by a fan. Her wedding photos are in trash bags.

"It makes you kind of mad but that's the way it goes," she said.

But she doesn't have any plans to leave, she said, "So now I've gotta clean."

The whole neighborhood is in the same sunken boat.

"$10,000 for an outboard motor for a boat," Lorraine Svecz said of her damage.

There are still pockets of water in the backyards of Svecz and her neighbor Sandra Stoffle.

"At least it didn't get into the house," Swecz said.

A lot of people lost boating equipment, but some, like Lorraine's husband just felt lucky to get out.

"The Sheriff's took a boat in here and took him back out to the other end and put him in a truck, and delivered him to one of our friend's houses," Swecz said.

Others say they didn't get the same treatment.

Brandon Karpp said he could only find, "One guy that was willing to help... and he was from the DPW. He lives right around the corner."

Brandon Karpp says he had a hard time finding help.

"Other than that, the guys down there pretty much laughed at me when I asked for help," he said.

He was worried about his propane tanks, which ended up alright, and his girlfriend with health problems.

"I put some shorts on, no socks, no shoes, and carried her out to the car so that we could get into the heat as fast as possible," he said.

Some people came out better, and some worse.

"So I hope we don't have to go through this again," said Boardman.

But they all say this is the worst flood they've ever seen and hope to never see anything like it again.

There is still standing water in some neighborhoods near Fish Creek, but we're told everyone is able to get into their homes.

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