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Whitesboro Residents Voice Concerns at Special Flood Mitigation Meeting

After continual flooding in the same places, Village of Whitesboro residents are finally getting their concerns addressed. Residents in the village gathered for a special meeting tonight all to tackle the severe flooding problems they have had over the years.
After continual flooding in the same places, Village of Whitesboro residents are finally getting their concerns addressed. Residents in the village gathered for a special meeting tonight all to tackle the severe flooding problems they have had over the years.
Wednesday night’s meeting was prompted by the recent floods this summer but residents say they have been battling flood water for years now.
"We've had four floods at our place in the last two years,” said village resident Donna Manzer.
Manzer lives in the Village of Whitesboro and says after repeated flooding, she has just about had it
"We're down to just about bare necessities now; we don't even live in our downstairs anymore,” said Manzer. “It's just, we know as soon as the water comes up we're going to have to move out."
Which is why she, along with other village residents, went to Wednesday night’s meeting. The Sauquoit Creek Basin Intermunicipal Commission was joined by State Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi to listen to community members' concerns.
"You keep hearing rumors but nobody is really saying anything so I'm really hoping that they can you know, at least spell out what's happening and what they plan to do,” said Penny Willman from the Village of Whitesboro.
Willman has experienced five floods over the past seven years but says this past summer's was by far the worst.
"My whole basement was covered, well, sunk, in at least five and a half feet of water, and the whole backyard, my garage..." said Willman.
The commissioner of the board and local leaders explained to residents that they have applied for several grants to help with repairs and mitigation and are working on creek maintenance plans. They also say having the attention and support of the governor should help find solutions, but some people say that might not be enough.
Some residents say their homes have been hit so hard with flooding over the years, they're considering moving.
"We're seriously thinking about just walking away and going down south,” said Manzer.
"I want to stay here, I love this area but it's getting more and more difficult to stay because of this stuff,” says Willman.

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