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Whitesboro homeowner wants solution to flooding problem

Whitesboro homeowners want a permanent fix to the ongoing issue of the Sauquoit Creek flooding.

Posted: Jan 24, 2019 11:50 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2019 12:19 AM

WHITESBORO -- Whitesboro homeowners want a permanent fix to the ongoing issue of the Sauquoit Creek flooding.

One Whitesboro resident, Patrick O’Connor, is searching for answers.

"When you have repeated heartbreak and damage and loss of belongings financial loss to the same people over and over and over again and it continues to get worse you need to do something," said O’Connor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says while temporary fixes are being put in place, he wants to find a long-term solution to the problem.

"We put in the culverts on one side of the bridge, five of them, and that has made the situation better than in the past,” Cuomo said. "I believe the real resolution is CSX has to put a new bridge in that location.”

“We saw the problem coming,” said Mayor Bob Friedlander. “We have heavy equipment here. It broke up the ice. The water is receding.”

But that’s not enough for Whitesboro residents who say they’ve heard it all before.

“We appreciate his visit. He’s been here twice recently for this issue,” O’Connor said. “So, lieutenant governor has been here but they haven’t really said anything new or that we as the residents don’t know.”

O’Connor is a Whitesboro resident and former mayor of the village. After dealing with flooding for years, he says he anxious for the state to find a solution.

"The flood that happened last summer, unfortunately, I had four and a half feet in my basement,” said O’ Connor. “So, not just as a former elected official. I understand what these people are going through as a resident and that's really what the big issue is. So, enough is enough. He said enough is enough and now he needs to put his money where his mouth is."

Cuomo says CSX is not cooperating with the state to find a permanent solution. He says the state could take legal action against the company.

“He made the comment that litigation would be considered so it’s not something that we just want to hear. Don’t come back to Whitesboro for lip service.”

CSX released a statement saying:

"CSX is aware of the concerns about flooding in Whitesboro. We have been coordinating with the State of New York and will continue to cooperate as they work to find possible solutions."

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