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2011: The year of Irene

The Western Gateway Bridge cuts through the rain-swollen Mohawk River between Scotia, bottom, and Schenectady.
The Western Gateway Bridge cuts through the rain-swollen Mohawk River between Scotia, bottom, and Schenectady.
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When Tropical Storm Irene hit last August, floodwater from the Schoharie Creek smashed a large log through the storefront of Conglomerate in downtown Middleburgh and then carried away countless items from the eclectic gift shop. Days later, owner Patty Eddy-Beal was gutting her devastated shop when a friend stopped by with a peculiar find. Apparently, the raging Schoharie washed away an 11-inch ceramic bowl from the store and then carried it nearly a half-mile before ...


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