The morning after Hurricane Sandy hit the Schoharie Valley, this was a view of the Schoharie Creek from Middleburgh. The Creek was at its banks, and potentially threatening farmland. As we have learned since then, 527 National Grid Customers in our area lost power, but by comparison, that wasn't too bad, compared to the more than 8 million who lost power all over the East Coast. There are few communities that can sympathize more genuinely for New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island than Middleburgh and Schoharie after the devastation we suffered from Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee just over a year ago.
The Gilboa Dam was only a few feet below flood stage as Hurricane Sandy approached. It was through the diligent efforts of our assemblyman, Pete Lopez, that an unprecedent action was taken --- to release water through the Shandaken Tunnel to lower the level at the Gilboa Dam. The heart of Schoharie Valley was spared this time, through luck and through preparation. Hopefully we won't have to face this again any time soon.