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Gilboa Dam warning sirens pass tests up and down creek (with video)

Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Chairman Harold Vroman, left, discusses the county's Gilboa Dam failure siren system at the Esperance firehouse on Wednesday. Behind him, from left, are Esperance village Mayor Steven Miller, Esperance town Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III, Schoharie town Supervisor Eugene Milone and Schoharie County Undersheriff Ronald Stevens.
Schoharie County Board of Supervisors Chairman Harold Vroman, left, discusses the county's Gilboa Dam failure siren system at the Esperance firehouse on Wednesday. Behind him, from left, are Esperance village Mayor Steven Miller, Esperance town Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III, Schoharie town Supervisor Eugene Milone and Schoharie County Undersheriff Ronald Stevens.
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Esperance Assistant Fire Chief Matt Deffer remembers going door-to-door with other firefighters on Aug. 28, 2011, urging residents to head for higher ground as floodwaters bore down on the Schoharie Valley. Some people heeded the warning, Deffer said, but some, perhaps many, ignored it — until the distinctive dual-tone Gilboa Dam failure sirens began echoing throughout the valley. Within minutes, the village of Esperance suddenly jammed up with traffic, Deffer said, as one resident after ...


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