Irene: Schoharie two years later
SCHOHARIE — Cappy Santos lives in one of the 63% of properties flooded during Hurricane Irene. Two years later, she reflects on the day she had to leave home with just her wedding album and a change of clothes. Not far from the Schoharie Creek on Bridge Street, Santos has eight feet of water on the first floor of her home. She relocated for a few months to Cobleskill but wanted to return home. She had been flooded 5 times since the 1950’s, but the 2011 flood left the worst damage. It cost Santos roughly $1,000 between savings and insurance to fix her home back up again. A portrait of her daughter, still lined with dust from flood waters, hangs on her living room wall. Afraid to clean it, Santos says it serves as a good reminder of how far her town came since August of 2011.