Approaching hurricane renews area flood concerns

Posted at: 10/25/2012 3:54 PM
Updated at: 10/25/2012 6:28 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ROTTERDAM JUNCTION - Significant flooding wasn't a worry last year in Rotterdam Junction, even with heavy rain approaching, until all of a sudden, it was.

Some residents speculated debris that had accumulated against the canal dam before the storm contributed to the rapid build up as flood waters coursed through the area.

They complained the water level could have been reduced in anticipation of the storm but wasn't.

Now they look at the Mohawk as it is today and wonder if that mistake isn't being repeated. 

"But they've got to come to reality now," said resident Alvin Mace, whose homes suffered heavy damage in last year's flooding. If this storm produces heavy rains and stuff, it could do all that crap all over again."

There was a conference last month considering lessons learned from last year's storms.

The Fort Plain mayor asked who was responsible for flood control along the canal.

No organization stepped forward.

NewsChannel 13 has been asking that question ever since Irene without any satisfactory response.

Canal officials say their task is navigation, not flood control.

Environmental Conservation says they don't have responsibility for the canal.

Repeated questions to the Governor and his office have not been answered.

If it starts raining heavily, residents along the water's path must wonder once again whether anything will be different. 

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