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Published on Sep 3, 2011
On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene struck the northeast dumping a huge amount of rain, which flooded a lot of low-lying areas late that night and the following day. One of the hardest-hit areas was Rotterdam Junction, NY between the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. While it's out of the normal flood zone, this flood got so high, it overflowed into the bowl-shaped hamlet, filling it with water in some places higher than houses. Hundreds were evacuated early in the morning of the 29th. This is footage of the Junction a few days into the clean-up, still not completely drained, with a few interviews, and a cameo by NY Congressman Paul Tonko.