Local impact of Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018 11:48 PM

Schoharie County-"The water had risen four feet on the first floor, the furniture was all over the place, the refrigerator was tipped down, the food was all over the kitchen, and the smell was bad. We just looked at it and didn't know what to do" said John Wilkinson of Schoharie.

Sadly, this was the case for many of those living in Schoharie county in 20-11 when Hurricane Irene flooded parts of the area, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses in the way.

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As Hurricane Florence continues to impact the South it's also taking a toll on some families living in the Capital region. 

After losing part of their home to Irene, coincidentally, the Wilkinsons's also have a place in Myrtle's Inlet, North Carolina..

"It brought back some nasty reminders of what we went through" said Ruth Anne Wilkinson of Schoharie.

Similar ties to Florence are happening all over the area. 

"I get a lot of pictures I don't like to see, today I found out everyone's measuring the rain count by feet not inches so that's pretty scary" said Colton Parchert of Ballston Spa.

Parchert recently relocated from north of Wilmington Beach to Ballston Spa, he says its hard to be away from his family at such a difficult time. 

"We can never predict how big or little a storm is going to end up being but, to know family has options to be safe is where the focus is now, not how bad it's going to be but, how we can take care of ourselves" said Parchert.

After making it through Irene some say it's important to remember, this is just a matter of waiting for the storm to pass.

"I think people down there are going to be suffering the same way and it's going to be really tough for a long time but, they'll get back because community is good. People will help, they don't know that but things will improve" said Wilkinson.


Brooke Selby

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