Ulster County feels Sandy’s effects
Ulster County residents and business owners are feeling the effects of Sandy. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on some of the hardest hit areas in the county.
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ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. – At Mariner’s Harbor Restaurant in Kingston, they experienced flooding coming in from the Rondout Creek. But the Rondout is just one of several places in the county that’s seeing these high waters over the past two days.
Water rushed into the street at the Rondout Creek as waterfront business owners pump out their restaurants. Mariner's Harbor is one of many spots on Kingston’s Waterfront District flooded out from Sandy's storm surge.
“The basement was flooded. We had about a foot and a half of water,” said Sal Guido, Mariner’s Harbor co-owner. “The creek was right up to the front of our steps, which I've never seen it that far.”
Nearby in Saugerties, homeowners are dealing with the more of the same: Several folks on Lighthouse Road say it’s the worst they've ever experienced.
“The water came through our windows, our front door, our back door from up the stairs. It was probably two feet in our first floor,” said Dawn Delia, Lighthouse Road resident.
Diana Karron said, “I can't wait to move at this point. Irene was bad enough, but this is worse. It's a nice place to live, but it’s not worth the heartache of a storm like this.”
Officials say Sandy brought in record setting water levels of 9.54 feet above sea level. And on top of that came extreme winds, resulting in the death of a 69-year-old Kerhonksan woman. Those winds caused a piece of roof to blow into Doreen Richardson’s windshield while driving through the Mountain Valley Resort Trailer Park, killing her.
“It was a terrible accident to occur due to the storm,” said New York State Police Lieutenant Richard Mazzone. “Any fatality, any loss of life is certainly a tragedy.”
Richardson’s death was the only reported death in the county.
Back in Kingston, Rondout cleanup efforts are underway. The county wide state of emergency has been lifted, but it will be awhile before everything is back to normal.