Southern Finger Lakes Area Received 5+ inches of Rain in a Few Hours

August 16, 2018– Lodi, NY made the national news on Tuesday after more than 5 inches of rain fell in only a few hours, resulting in flash floods.  Lodi Point, Sheldrake Point, Caywood, Valois and Peach Orchard Point were especially hard hit.  Extreme volumes of water overwhelmed ravines, cut deep paths through roads and driveways, and deposited debris everywhere.  A state of emergency was declared and road crews have been quickly repairing and re-opening roads.  Here is a link to a local news story detailing the flood:

Flood Story from Ithaca.com

Several vineyards and wineries were affected, including Silver Thread.  Damage was mostly confined to the driveway leading down the hill to Silver Thread.  Grape harvest is still several weeks away so most berries are green and firm, and were not damaged by the rain.  Silver Thread was able to re-open on Wednesday, August 15, after travel bans were lifted from area roads and repairs were made to our driveway.  Here is a link to a local news story about the effect of the flooding on wineries:

Winery Flood Story from Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Silver Thread has been posting updates on social media telling our personal story of the flood and it’s aftermath.  You can see many photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram.  Thank you to all our wonderful customers and friends who have been contacting us to see if we are okay.  We really appreciate your concern and are happy to report that things are quickly getting back to normal in Lodi.

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Washout under the barn

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Bridge to Silver Thread covered in mud after the flash flooding.

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Minor damage to driveway.

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Rock and mudslide near Silver Thread sign on Route 414.

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Grapes hanging tough after the storm. The berries are fairly resilient at this stage of ripening.

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Sun breaks through Tuesday afternoon. The winery building sustained zero damage.