Updated 10/28/2012 06:32 PM
Areas affected by Irene prepare for Sandy
As Sandy brews along the Eastern Seaboard, it's stirring up bad memories in the areas hit hardest by Irene and Lee. Our Beth Croughan visited one local community affected by last summer's storm to check in.
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ROTTERDAM JUNCTION, N.Y. -- "You can imagine, I've gotten probably 53 voice messages on my phone over the past day," said Rotterdam Junction Fire Chief Shawn Taylor.
He said people in the community are concerned.
"Admittedly they don't want to talk about it too much, but they're very concerned," explained Rotterdam Junction Fire Commissioner Jim Carangelo.
It was just a little more than a year ago when flood waters filled the area after Irene.
And now, a storm named Sandy is threatening the East Coast.
"Hopefully it stays a wind event, and we don't have to deal with water," said Taylor.
Taylor said the unpredictable path of water proves to be much worse. But, either way, he said they are prepared. Volunteers worked on Sunday to ready their gear and supplies.
"The right people are in place, I think the the right systems are in place. Like I said, the river is key, keeping the river down," he said.
Taylor referred to the fact that water levels on the Erie Canal were lowered this weekend.
Rotterdam Junction sits right at Lock 9. But still, the Chief reminded people to watch weather alerts and to take advisories seriously.
"We're good to go. Hopefully they don't need us. But we're here if they do," he said.