Rome Deals with Storm Damage

By Ana Rivera |

Published 07/08 2014 10:42PM

Updated 07/08 2014 10:45PM

Moving further east into Oneida County - the city of Rome was hit hard, too.  Downed power lines, trees split in half and many families still without power right now.

At first it seemed like any other summer storm. 

“First it was just a little rain then it started picking up a lot of rain and the wind came in.  It was probably the most rain I’ve ever seen,” Derek Wenndt, of Rome.

But quickly people in Rome realized this wasn't a normal storm.  Many families headed to their basements. 

“They were sitting there and I said, 'oh maybe we should go to the basement.' And then I’m looking out the window and I see the tree fall on the neighbor's house so I was like, ‘let's go to the basement,’” Len Dormio, of Rome.

People that live in this area say that the storm was very quick and very strong but they never thought they'd see this type of damage.

"We thought is there like a hole in the house."

“It's continual.  You know, flash floods, this that and the other things and I didn't heed the warnings,” says Patrick Bernabe, of Rome.

Looking forward, the people of Rome say they are just going to be sitting and waiting for the power to come back on.  But for many they're just reflecting on a storm they never thought they'd experience.

"It was way worse but it was pretty bad."

Some power in Rome is still not on and some traffic lights are down as well. 

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