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Irene: Longing to be home for the holidays

Goal motivates work on flood-ravaged houses

Bob Pedone and his wife Somer Pedone of Lock Street in Rotterdam Junction talk recently in the house they shared with Bob's parents before Tropical Storm Irene filled it with floodwater last year.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Bob Pedone and his wife Somer Pedone of Lock Street in Rotterdam Junction talk recently in the house they shared with Bob's parents before Tropical Storm Irene filled it with floodwater last year.
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Somer Pedone sat on a stool in the unfinished space that was once her mother-in-law’s home and vowed that this Thanksgiving will be much better than the last. Last November’s gathering was a thrown-together affair at their temporary residence in Colonie, where the family had taken shelter following Tropical Storm Irene. “We barely made it out, with water gushing at our feet,” Pedone recalled of the day in August 2011 when the Mohawk River topped ...


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