Updated 10/27/2012 08:02 PM
Schoharie County still rebuilding, awaits incoming Sandy
While folks around the state are watching Sandy, people in Schoharie County are still recovering from Irene, and many are anxiously looking ahead to the storm. Our Beth Croughan has more.
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ESPERANCE, N.Y. -- "This time, I'm trying to be a little preventative. Trying to get, to take care of stuff before it gets too bad," said Dane Fagan of Esperance.
Days before Sandy is expected to reach the East Coast, Fagan and his family drove their camper to higher ground. "Just in case," he explained.
But, just next door, there's still a lot left to do because of Irene.
"I'm very concerned, because I couldn't go through this again," said Guy Rudd of Esperance.
The 71-year-old lives in a FEMA trailer on his property. It's across from the Schoharie Creek. "It's not home. I mean, it's livable, it's nice, you know, clean. But it's not, you know, it's not my house," Rudd said.
Volunteers were still rebuilding the walls inside his actual home. On Saturday, National Make a Difference Day made it's way into Schoharie County.
"We have about 120 volunteers that came in today for Make a Difference Day. Everything from different college groups, to construction companies that volunteered their services. The labor unions DC 9, Local 236 Electricians Union, the Comptroller's office is actually here as well," explained Josh DiBartolo, the Director of Schoharie Recovery.
But, DiBartolo said he directed some of those resources to help with storm preparations. "Passing out information, you know making sure houses are buttoned up and winterized," he explained.
The Fagans said they planned to spend part of their weekend lending a helping hand too. "We're going to go around later today and see if anyone else needs their campers moved or trailers, or whatever else," said Fagan.
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