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Snow Melts, Brings Flood Concerns

Homeowners living on the Oneida Flats are among those hit hardest by last summer's floods. Melting ice means the possibility of new flooding is all too real. It felt like Spring was just around the corner this weekend with piles of snow melting before our eyes but where's all that water ending up?
Homeowners living on the Oneida Flats are among those hit hardest by last summer's floods. Melting ice means the possibility of new flooding is all too real. It felt like Spring was just around the corner this weekend with piles of snow melting before our eyes but where's all that water ending up?
This home is among the many in Oneida that's still un-livable after the summer flood. Construction has just begun to restore it.
"You got to remember it's a home where a family lives and you have that kind of an attachment to it because it is your home and yes, the fear is all the sudden we get a large snow melt and rain and will the same thing happen?" said Oneida's former mayor, Leo Metzke.
Down the road is a point where two creeks meet--it's also where the water rose so high and so quickly this summer, it left few houses in the Oneida Flats unharmed. It was like an ocean, it really was, you take a risk in the area, I mean I think its a worthwhile risk but I think we owe it to them to help protect them to help protect them," said Metzke.
He says preventative measures have yet to be taken in Oneida, but that the amount of hope in the area outweighs the fear of future floods.
"This where you're standing and this home is an example, hope, hope will continue," he said.
He volunteers with Operation Northern Comfort and is helping to rebuild homes and lives in the flats. Even high school students spending their school vacation time working.
"A lot of them when they see us working like they tear up a little bit and its actually really nice to see how they really appreciate us being there and helping them out," said Molly Wagner, a high school volunteer.
And those who were forced from their home are getting the help they need to move in and move on.
"Bummed me out but now I'm happy because it's getting rebuilt and I'm having a lot of help that makes me really happy right there, people are actually helping and pitching in, I appreciate it big time and if I could see everyone I would give them a big ole hug," said Cody Muir, a homeowner's son.

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