People in Schoharie have been watching this storm closely, remembering the destruction Irene left in its wake more than a year ago. It's where we find our Maria Valvanis with an update on conditions there.
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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – “I'd rather move it twice than lose it twice. That's my new saying,” Leslie Price said.
Fourteen months after Irene stole homes, businesses and memories, even students at the Schoharie Elementary School are hoping Sandy steers clear of their village.
“This isn't a little tropical storm we’re getting excited about. It’s a huge hurricane and I just want to be prepared,” Price said.
County officials are taking preventative measures. They've lowered the water in nearby reservoirs to stave off potential flooding. But because of damages lingering from last year's storm, that effort will only take them so far.
“Our streams have not fully recovered in any way shape or form. They don't store water the way they should,” said Jim Tierney of the New York State Department of Conservation.
The biggest threat expected from Sandy are high winds. Any amount of excessive water could be a problem. Officials say that's why it's so important for you to stay informed.
"We've established a 211 number,” said Kevin Neary of Schoharie County Emergency management. “It's a number that's established through United Way to provide people with information on what they should do in preparation for the storm."
Officials tell us they have everything from water pumps to snow plows ready for whatever Sandy throws their way. Because if Irene taught the community anything, it's to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Price said, “We have to know how to prepare now that we know it’s a possibility. It's just gonna have to be a part of our life.”