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Middleburgh residents struggle to cope with flood damage

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Updated: 6/16/2013 10:32 am

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. - The streets, once covered in mud were cleared Saturday, but flood recovery efforts continued for some residents affected by the previous day's downpour. 

Middleburgh residents are trying to cope with damage from yet another flooding in the area, but the hardships for residents attempting to mend the damage have only just begun.

"Please help us," begged Bill Laraway, a town resident.

The community pulled together, cleaning up debris, filling in damaged driveways, and even cooking food for volunteers, but many residents still felt distraught at the damage left behind and cried out for help.

"Help me," said Dave Wanat. "Just help me."

For Evan Durfee the clean-up was extremely frustrating. He said he came home to see his backyard engulfed with water and his basement flooded.

"Our utilities are down there—our hot water heater, our boiler," Durfee said.

Durfee said he believed the flooding could have been prevented. He said the Stony Creek was never properly fixed following tropical storms Lee and Irene.

"It needs to be addressed because it's causing damage to people's property," Durfee said. "I mean the school's got to be sick of picking up this stuff."

This is not the first time the creek overflow has caused damage to school property. Central School District Superintendent Michele Weaver admitted that the problem has not been remedied.

"We're still trying to mitigate that situation working locally with our village and our county," Weaver said. "Certainly, there are ongoing issues with that stream that need to be addressed."

Weaver said she couldn't give any further details about what might be done to the creek.

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