New flooding concern surfaces in Mohawk as landlords rebuild on their own dime


MOHAWK, N.Y. (WKTV) -- One year after vicious floods devastated Mohawk many structures are rebuilt, but emotions are still raw.

"You wake up in the middle of the night and you wonder is something major going to happen? You don't know, because this happened so quickly, so quickly," said Barbara Wiers, a landlord in Mohawk.

The rush of water collapsed the foundation wall in Wiers' house and she was forced to rebuild on her own dime because when the state stepped in with $16 million in aid, landlords were left out.

"It's very disheartening when you live next to someone who got assistance and you didn't get any because I'm not the primary resident of this house," said Wiers.

Down the road at Creekside Trailer Park, reconstruction has become routine as the Jaquishes try to rebound from at least $100,000 in damages.

"We have not gotten one dollar in assistance from anybody. Everything here that is being done, we have done ourselves. We have no choice. If we were still waiting it would be one year with this place still in total destruction and we're paying taxes onto it as well," said William Jaquish, owner of Creekside Trailer Park.

Adding insult to injury, these landlords have lost a year of income because most residents evacuated and never came back.

Now, a new problem is surfacing. Trees slid down an embankment behind the park and are now blocking the stream causing buildup of debris, rocks and silt. The property owners say if nothing is done, they could face devastating flooding all over again.

"I'm the type of person you dust yourself off, you pick yourself up and you go on, I've met many challenges in my life like that, but how many times can you get up and when is it time to just call it quits?" asked Wiers.

The Jaquishes say they've alerted the Department of Conservation and town supervisor in hopes action will soon be taken.

"If a tree had fallen down across the road would you leave it? If there's two inches of snow out in the road, do we plow? Yes we do and this is the same situation. It's every bit as important," said Jaquish.

These property owners say they're not just worried about themselves, but all village residents that live downstream.

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