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Yorktowners Prepare To Take on Irene

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- It doesn’t take a hurricane to flood the yard of Tom Rubino and Mike Morgan, so Friday afternoon they were doing everything they could to prepare for the storm’s rains.

The two men shoveled Item # 4, a mixture of sand and rock, and made a long pile of it that stretched in front of their property on Barger St.

“We’re doing the best we can to try and make it so it doesn’t flood—we’re hoping this will help,” Morgan said. “This will compact, and hopefully help with the flooding, but this is a huge problem that needs to be taken care of, with the stream so we don’t have this happening when it rains badly. They stream, the pipes everything they just can’t handle it.”

Rubino said the problem is recurring, and while they can do their best to help themselves this time, the issue has to do more with the stream overflowing and flooding them.

“It’s a chronic problem we have, this isn’t just because there’s a hurricane,” Rubino said. Rubino said even in the previous big storms they had this spring, their yard was entirely flooded. Not to mention the last time a hurricane hit Yorktown, and left them in an even more dire situation.

“When Floyd hit the whole yard flooded, and the basement—we lost our boiler and hot water and everything,” he said.

Memories of past floods, storms and snowstorms, and other natural disasters have stuck with the experienced employees at Mitchell’s Hardware on Commerce St.

“I can’t even remember what it was like in here when Floyd hit. We’ve had so many other storms that we always get a rush,” said George Phillips in-between helping customers, and answering “nope, sorry” to whether or not they still had flashlights.

The store ran out of flashlights at about 2 p.m., estimated employee Dylan Tragni, but the D batteries were gone even before that.

“We thought we were all out, and I found a new box—but those were out of the store before I even had a chance to put a price on them,” he said.

Though Phillips has been through a myriad of storms, he said there’s no way to plan for how much the store will go through, though they stock as much as they can.

“There’s only so much planning and so much stocking you can do before something happens like this,” he said. “People panic, and it varies with every storm. But you pack and fill the store, but you’re still going to run out eventually.”

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