It’s been two years since many lives were changed in the Mohawk Valley.
Whitesboro village was badly hit by a Halloween night storm.
Some people have since been unable to live in their homes and some affected residents are still pressing for help.
“That day is terrifying to think back to,” said Whitesboro’s Tammy Patterson. “It was a terrible day. It rained practically all day and we sat on the couch just waiting to hear whether we were being evacuated or not and watching the creek and before we knew it the water was here. “
The water rose over Patterson’s fence. She says her husband had to be taken out of the house in a canoe.
“It was coming from all directions, and before we knew it it was this far,” she said.
The Pattersons lived in the house for 32 years.
“I raised my daughter here,” said Patterson. “We had prepared everything for retirement. We didn’t have to do anything. We fixed everything and changed all of our plans. “
Patterson says flooding was never an issue until 2011.
“The sump pump never came on,” said Patterson.
The Pattersons can no longer enter their home and rent it elsewhere, but still have to pay taxes on the property.
“It’s very hard,” said Patterson. “I almost never come back. It’s just too painful. “
The Patterson house has not stood still since the storm.
“You can see on the side of the house how much more has gone in two years, the foundation, how much it has broken away,” she said.
The Pattersons didn’t sit still either. You are part of the Whitesboro Water Warriors, who support each other and work for a buyout.
“My feeling is that it will happen again, and I would hate it if everyone went through this again,” she said.
Ron Loubier is a co-founder of the Whitesboro Water Warriors. He says the Natural Resources Conservation Service said it was working on ratings, with offers expected to be released later this year or early next year. The more neighbors there are on board, the more likely the takeover is.
“It’s up to the homeowners now,” Loubier said. “It’s up to the community. If they accept the offers, they can get out. If you don’t, it can harm your neighbor. “
In the meantime, Patterson and many others are just waiting, hoping for some relief.
“It’s going to be a lifelong fear because even if it rains now, I’ll still be scared,” Patterson said.
Efforts to contain the flood continued to prevent future flooding.