Some Whitesboro residents may decide whether to abandon ship after latest flood

Whitesboro residents coping with seventh flood in past six years.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 6:31 PM

Whitesboro, N.Y. - Whitesboro residents who live along Sauquoit St., or the streets that run off of it, have been flooded out now for the seventh time in the past six years and some are thinking of literally abandoning ship, so to speak.

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After floodwaters came barreling through Sauquoit St., Friday morning, residents like John Abrams say it may be time to finally just abandon his house and look for a new one, “After last July we were very close to selling, if not take what we can and leave.”

Abrams says it might be worth the peace of mind to get out and start paying a whole new mortgage all over again, “It’d be dipping into the savings that you build up your whole life to buy home again.”

As far as what life is like to live around here now, Abrams says it’s stressful, “I mean there’s no end in sight. It’s something with just you wonder about anytime it rains, is this going to happen again.”

Karen Hughes, who lives on Sauquoit St., says she believes people’s health is at risk, “Everyone down here has health problems. Is it caused by all this flooding, I believe it is, I really do.”

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