COEYMANS, N.Y. - Sunday was an emotional day for residents in Coeymans on Miller and Kruger Roads - as they were told they had to leave their homes, memories began to surface of last year's devastating flooding.
Many had just finished making final repairs on their homes from that damage, and they were overwhelmed when realizing they may have to face it all over again.
"Despair, I mean really despair," said Tim Gruss of Coeymans.
Despair is exactly what residents were feeling as they were told by Coeymans Police and this notice that they had to evacuate their homes.
"From here my son and I are going to go into a motel room somewhere because it's a mandatory evacuation by 4 p.m. tomorrow so we have to be out," said Gruss.
For the Gruss family that meant everything had to be moved to the top floor of their home and the rest removed from their business.
"The machinery, what ends up happening is I end up pulling them all apart basically draining all the fluids out of everything," said Bill Gruss.
"I just moved my motorcycle, lawn mower, the four wheelers, anything outside," said Tim Gruss.
"I'm making sure all the powers off in the buildings, said Bill Gruss.
Across the street, neighbors have been doing the same.
"We've been ripping it apart in here," said Don Zinzow of Coeymans.
For hours on end Don Zinzow moved and packed up his own belongings and then helped his tenants.
"We've got riding lawn mowers, shovels, rakes, everything that will float away or get full of mud. We're moving them all to high area," said Zinzow.
Just down the road Joseph Vadney brings a U-HAUL for his tenants, everything must go from their trailer.
"Buckling down everything. Tying down the decks to the trees so they don't float away," said Vadney.
A TV has been in the woods neighbors say since last year's tropical storm moved it there, a sore spot as they drive by, but also a reminder of how this time around they've learned the hard way.
"Get out, get out, don't stay, it ain't worth staying here," said Zinzow.
"Absolutely leave it puts everyone in danger when we have to come back and get you after," said Bill Gruss.
The Town of Coeymans wants residents on Miller and Kruger Roads to notify the Coeymans Emergency Center once they have safely evacuated. To contact the center call 518-756-2059.
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