Local dilemma at national monument

April 14, 2017 06:11 PM

VICTORY - For Terri Stripling, the view from her Cemetery Road home in Saratoga County looks a lot different then it did twelve years ago when she moved in.

"This is a gorgeous National Park and a big cemetery here and now as you can see lake front," Stripling jokingly points out.

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The property across the road from her home, on about an acre of land, is where about a million gallons of water has collected on the grounds of the Saratoga Monument Park.

Jason Huart, of the National Parks Service, says he doesn't know how it happened but he's going to find out.

"If there is a line break, that'll be a considerable fix," Huart says, "If it's not, we'll have to find a way to drain it."

Huart says three water sampling tests have been performed at the site, but they're conflicting. The Parks Service, and the NYS Rural Water Board have concluded there's chlorine in the water. However, contractors hired by the Victory Water Board  found no chlorine.

Until a resolution is found, some residents of Cemetery Road, although not everyone, will remain concerned.

"Our basement is dry," Stripling says, "But our next door neighbors have quite a problem. Their basement is very flooded. In fact, sand is moving into it."

It's too early to tell if any of the submerged grave sites will become a greater concern. Draining the property is expected to begin on Monday.


Dan Levy

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