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Residents blaming river regulating district for overflow of Hudson

MOREAU, N.Y. – Melting snow packs in the Adirondacks and steady rain fall is reportedly to blame for the overflowing of the Hudson River, but those who live near the river believe flooding could have been prevented. 

Residents on Old Bend Road say that if more water was released from Great Sacandaga Lake a month ago, it could have decreased flood levels. 

However, the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District said they need permission from a higher authority to release more water than usual. 

"In order to do that we would have to have some consultation with the department of environmental conservation and fishery environmental folks to get consensus on the need of that drawdown,” said Chief Engineer of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District Robert Foltan.

Foltan also said the reservoir actually reduced the Hudson's flood level rather than augmented it. 

Moreau’s town supervisor Preston Jenkins says town was better prepared for flooding this time around, but it still came as a shock and he's afraid the problem may be here to stay.

“I think we're going to be dealing with this in the future because this was like the fourth highest it's been since the Sacandaga was built,” he said. 

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