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County deals with Irene aftermath

Residents react to flood waters forcing evacuations, damaging homes

Stockade residents used a canoe to get back and forth from their flood home.

Stockade residents used a canoe to get back and forth from their flood home. Photo by John Purcell.

— The Gilboa Dam in Schoharie initially concerned government officials who feared it would break, but after the water started to recede, officials reported the dam suffered no structural damage.

Back in Schalmont’s cafeteria, along with around 50 other people on Sunday, Steinbeiser started to open a blanket inside a plastic bag given to her by Red Cross officials.

The ride to the shelter in a school bus also held a memorable moment for her.

“[The driver] didn’t know how to work the defrosting and the windshield was all fogged up,” said Steinbeiser. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t have a paper towel, but since our lives are at stake — underpants’ … I give him a pair of my underpants.”

Paramedic Supervisor of the Rotterdam Police Department Keith Collins said a majority of the people at the shelter were from Schoharie. Before 10 p.m. on Sunday, said Collins, one man was transported to the hospital. The concern of shelter workers was making sure people with chronic medical conditions remained stable.

Clean up next challenge

Jumpin’ Jack’s in Scotia was going to be open for another week when the flood it, but the summer dining establishment had to call it quits early. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, tractors could be seen pushing the muck and mud left by the river. Also, that day was supposed to host the final U.S. Water Ski Show Team.

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Schenectady County Irene Flooding

An array of footage from Schenectady County on Monday, Aug. 29, after the Mohawk River had flooded surrounding communities.

An array of footage from Schenectady County on Monday, Aug. 29, after the Mohawk River had flooded surrounding communities.

Schenectady County and Rotterdam officials are working together in Rotterdam Junction to help clean up the flooded area. Lock 9 was gushing with water and ripped apart roadway next to the Mohawk River. As of Aug. 30, the town and National Gird officials were assessing the damage to the affected area.

For immediate assistance, a Rotterdam Junction Joint Assistance Center was set up at the firehouse at 1215 Main St. in Rotterdam Junction. The walk-in center will have important information for the status of houses and affected areas. The Salvation Army is also on-site to provide clean-up kits and food.

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