Whitesboro Flood Mitigation Meeting

Whitesboro Flood Mitigation Meeting

After continual flooding in the same places, Village of Whitesboro residents are finally getting their concerns addressed. Tonight's flood mitigation meeting will give home and business owners a chance for relief.
After continual flooding in the same places, Village of Whitesboro residents are finally getting their concerns addressed.

Tonight's flood mitigation meeting will give home and business owners a chance for relief.

"Within about a half hour or so I had about two feet," said Gail Geco.

She’s lived at the corner of Sauquoit and Ablett Street in Whitesboro for more than 50 years.
During that time, she's seen her fair share of flooding.

"I'm just tired of water in the cellar which has been many, many times, and my husband can't help me because he's in a wheelchair so it's all up to me," she said.

That's when she saw an ad in the newspaper, and called a handyman.

"Oh we've been in here for weeks, just cleaning out and getting a lot of stuff to the dump, we had loads after loads of stuff going to the dump,” said Oscar LeBrux.

And after all that time he and his assistant have formed a close bond with Greco.

"I call her "Grandma," I mean it's funny, she's kind of taken me under her wing just like Oscar, she calls him her son and me her grandson,” said Andrew Dillman.

It's clear, their relationship is more than everyday business.

"Oh I felt sorry, I really did I was going to bring my generator because they had no power and just let them use it for nothing," said LeBrux.

Repairs are almost done, but Greco knows the same thing could happen again.

"If they would widen the creek and make it deeper it might help, I’m not saying it would completely fix it but it might help," she said.

Those concerns, along with possible ways to prevent the Sauquoit creek from overflowing again, will be addressed at tonight's meeting.

"We can inform the public of what has taken place with the work being done on the creek that also what's going to be done what has been done in the future and in the past," said David Glenn, Chair of the Sauquoit Commission.

Grants for projects the town has applied for will also be explained.

"Water is one of the strongest hydraulics on earth; it’s going to go where it wants to go when it wants to go the only thing we have to do is see if we can deter it to other areas."

An area Greco hopes is far, far away.

"I hope they can kind of settle something I mean you get a lot of good minds together they should be able to come up with some solution,” she said.
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