Locals fear more flooding after quick change in weather


WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Here in Central New York, the weather has given residents a way of life that you can only understand if you've experienced it first hand.

For the last three years, homeowners in this region have had to deal with three major floods, countless snow storms, heavy rains, and multiple ice jams.

All of these things spell out a recipe for restlessness among local residents. With the variety of weather that swept through the area this past week, it caused homeowners to be extra cautious.

"We went out to dinner, and the whole time we're thinking, we've got to check the house, check on the house, we better get home," said Whitesboro resident, Wende Maliani.

On Saturday, crews were working on clearing an ice jam along the Sauquoit Creek, which closed Main St. In Whitesboro. The sight of the crews working on the jam caused even more anxiety for those who have seen this type of thing happen too many times.

"The first thing I thought about was I know they're working on the ice, is my basement flooded?," said another resident of Whitesboro, Janet Fleishman. "so I went and checking it several times during the day."

New York State Department of Transportation crews spent two days working to clear the ice from the most recent jam on the Sauquoit Creek.

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