Schenectady residents keep an eye on rising Mohawk River

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Mohawk is expected to crest by 8 a.m. Friday morning, posing a potential flooding problem for the residents who live three to six houses up from the river.

But many residents in the area say preparing for a flood is routine for them.

Thursday evening, Schenectady Police Sergeant Matthew Dearing went door to door in the Stockade neighborhood, warning residents.

“They're expecting the river to crest at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning, at 224 is what they're predicting. Our maps show that it would put it up on a few houses on either side of the street here, so as a precaution we're coming down to talk to as many people as we can,” said Dearing.

One of those people, Deborah Faust, has lived in the stockade area for ten years.

“It's not that bad, it's going to get in our basements, but it's not going to take our first floors. Irene? She took our first floors,” said Faust.

She said she is always prepared for flooding. It's a common denominator she shares with all of her neighbors in the stockade. However, she says it all points to a bigger problem.

“If there were businesses on this particular run of the river, we would not be experiencing this problem. But because there are only a handful of us who get deeply affected by this water overflowing, nothing is ever going to get done,” said Faust. 

She tells the NEWS CENTER she and her neighbors take the good with the bad, and know they have chosen to live where they live.

“This is what I have to put up with to see the water every day and have the view that I have,” she added.

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