Schoharie residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Posted at: 10/27/2012 11:19 PM
By: Dan Bazile

SCHOHARIE - As Hurricane Sandy approaches, residents in Schoharie, still picking up after last year's storm, are bracing for a possible second round.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, along with volunteers from his office, was in Schoharie today helping with the recovery.

They wonder if they'll have to do it all over again.

Volunteer crews cut, paint, scrape and hang sheet rock at a home in Central Bridge, 14 months after Tropical Storms Irene and lee.

According to homeowner Ken Knutsen, “Doesn’t seem like it could be 14 months.”

It’s been a long haul for Knutsen and his wife Debbie. They are anxious to get back into their home and out of the F.E.M.A. trailer they've been living in for the past ten months. But as they watch the progress being made, they wonder if they might have to go through it all over again.

Knutsen sums it up in one word, “…scary. I’m really nervous at the potential threat of a new hurricane.”

Sandy is churning up the Atlantic, and could potentially make all this work a moot point. Most of the volunteers came from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office. They’re scatered around the Schoharie valley, working side by side with labor unions to help people like Knutsen get back on their feet.

As DiNapoli explains, “This community is still rebuilding and here we are facing perhaps another storm that can have more devastating consequences.”

DiNapoli also got in on the action of rebuilding.

Knutsen and his wife say they appreciate all the help from the community and hope to move back in soon. Those plans are taking place right along an evacuation strategy if sandy.

“We have a travel trailer which is the one we evacuated in during the last hurricane…Let’s hope the good lord is going to ensure that Mother Nature doesn't wreak havoc with this part of the state again.”