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Still picking up from Irene, Middleburgh residents begin again

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. -- Before they've fully finished cleaning up from Irene, Middleburgh residents are once again forced to clean up after flooding.

When driving into the village and spotting the flooding, many would think it's from the creek. But the creek is actually well below flood level; residents and business owners tonight are frustrated, saying this should never have happened.

Water floods Route 30 the single road that goes straight through the village of Middleburgh. As it recedes, thick mud is left behind.  A scene for many residents that is reminiscent of Tropical Storm Irene.

"Every time it rains, I'm sick to my stomach" said resident Dave Symons.

His business was flooded during Irene, but spared Friday.  He says there's not much more the small village can take.

"We're going to lose three or four because of this, and nothing's been done from the state. We're in a very vulnerable position, what we once thought was an investment is dwindling," said Symons.

Patty Eddy-Beal, also a business owner in the village, says the flood was entirely unexpected.

"Last night we left, we looked at the big creek and said everything looks good, I think we dodged this one, we got up this morning, the sun was shining, everything looked good...and then to relive this again, no, it's not nearly as bad as it was, but it's still devastating," she said.

Middleburgh residents say this time around, the flooding cannot be blamed on the creek, rather runoff from tributaries and streams that were never properly fixed after Irene, a storm that is approaching its two year mark --but the effects are still very real.

"A lot of them haven't been cleaned up and carved out and realigned so they don't have all the boulders and rocks blocking them," said Michelle Amendola.

"We can't have this keep happening," added Eddy-Beal. "I don't know what the cause is or what needs to be done, but I hope people are going to look at it seriously."

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