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June 30, 2013

HOPKINS: A water-logged day to remember

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Friday started out like any ordinary day, but it quickly changed into one of those days you won’t forget for a long time.

One of the first things I do when I reach the office is visit a few websites to see what’s happening in the world and nearby. Among those visits is Facebook, where there are a few good pages to check for stories.

While on Facebook, I was stunned to see images of flooding in the Utica area. I grew up near Utica and have several friends who live in the areas affected by the high water.

I became particularly concerned when my high school friend Kit posted a picture of his street in Herkimer under water. He lives about a block away from the house I lived in for two years while going to college there.

Then I saw a news picture of a parking lot near my old college house. All you could see were the rooftops of a dozen cars.

I called Kit, and found out he went home to his parents’ place. He was going to be without utilities for a couple of days and his basement was flooded.

I was relieved to hear he was OK, but Friday morning was just a precursor of things to come.

As we all know, it began to rain in Lockport early Friday afternoon. The rain intensified and it didn’t let up. The rain we saw was something normally experienced for about 5 or 10 minutes in a thunderstorm. This went on for hours.

I kept looking out the window, wondering when the rain would let up. Fifteen minutes went by. Then 30. Soon it was an hour, and the rain was coming down in sheets.

“Streets are going to start flooding,” I thought to myself.

Did they ever.

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