Although the rivers and stream have subsided, snowmelt flooding remains a problem in parts our region. Officials in Amsterdam are working hard to protect a number of homes that are being threatened, but as Barry Wygel tells us residents say this isn't a one-time problem.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Barbara Kowaleski is no stranger to flooding.
"It was spring of 2010 that it got extremely flooded. It went over to the neighbors house, it went right up to the neighbor's step over here," said Barbara Kowaleski.
Just having bought the property at the corner of Crouse Drive and Maple Ave she was forced to bite the bullet and decide that due to the flood potential she would not be able to build on her newly acquired land.
"I bought the house next door to the lot, and I moved in there," said Kowaleski.
She apparently didn't move far enough, as flood waters have spread down the street and threaten her basement. Since moving in, she has dealt with flood issues every spring.
"There's been an ongoing drainage problem going on at this location due to it's a low spot," said Paul Clayburn, Montgomery County's Commissioner of Public Works.
County officials say they have been aware of a problem at this location for some time, but in order to fix it, they are going to have to revamp a major portion of the drainage system.
"This is something we have looked at numerous times to try and do it a much easier route than a mile long project," said Clayburn.
Officials say they have been working for years on a master solution that will permanently fix the problem, but residents say they aren't sure why it has taken as long as it did.
"I felt like I was getting just ignored, and the only response I did get was, well it's always been like that," said Kowaleski.
The county is moving forward with the master solution that will install a mile long drainage system to remove the water. They hope to have that complete sometime this summer, they will also try to mitigate the problem until construction begins.
"It could be a hazard. Somebody could go off the road, hit the ice and go off the road and hit a telephone poll," said Kowaleski.
County crews will be back Wednesday morning with a large pump to try and keep the water from the road.