Flooding Prompts Some To Evacuate Sackets Harbor Apartments

Flooding Prompts Some To Evacuate Sackets Harbor Apartments

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Some residents of a Sackets Harbor apartment complex have had to evacuate their homes due to flooding.

Water began seeping into some units at Sackets Harbor Heights Apartments at 211 Woolsey Street at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Seven out of 24 apartments were flooded, forcing some tenants to evacuate to a local hotel.

"It's rather nerve racking 'cause it's home and it's the only home I got, " said resident Mary Widrick.

The apartments are owned by the village of Sackets Harbor, but are managed by Snow Belt properties. Sackets Harbor Heights Apartments is subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled.

Management officials say they called in a in a crew to help drain out the apartments right away. 

"The residents hopefully realized we are doing everything possible that there is to get done to keep them safe and get them back into their homes and rectify the situation,"  said Betsy Regan, chairperson, Sackets Harbor Housing Authority. 

Cleanup crews are repairing the damage by pumping out the water and running fans. There are also plans to tear out wet carpet.

Flooding has been a concern around the north country due to mild temperatures, melting snow and rain.

Sackets Harbor Mayor Molly Reilly explained that all the melting snow caused problems with the property's storm water pipe.

"The pipes that move that storm water are full, so the ability for those pipes to really clear out the water is slow going," said Reilly.

Mayor Reilly says a possible solution to the flooding could be making sure that plowed snow isn't piled up near the draining system.

"So that we can make sure when the melt happens, it's dispersed across the storm water system rather than hitting one pipe in such a significant way," she said. 

Both the mayor and apartment management say they plan to meet with the Department of Public Works sometime within the next week to figure out what they can do so this doesn't happen again.

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