People in New Hartford spent all last week dealing with rising flood waters. This week, residents are focusing on clean up.
“We are trying to pick up all the pumps, pick up some of the sand bags, clean up some of the roads, clean up in the park and stuff like that. Try to get back to normal again,” said Chris Schipper, the City Maintenance Supervisor.
The cleanup process is a lot simpler this year than it was in 2008. This time, the water never made it to many of the sand bags in town.
More than 10,000 sandbags were filled and set throughout New Hartford. Many of them were placed along the railroad tracks. The sandbags helped to re-enforce the berm. That berm was only partially updated last year. City officials say they just don't have enough money to do all they need to.
“If they hadn't sandbagged along the railroad tracks then all of Main Street would have been completely underwater and then probably close to 50 homes would have been affected pretty bad by that,” said Schipper.
People that live in town say the city was able to stay ahead of things this time. Many plan to stay that way, keeping their sandbags and other preparations in place for one more week.