Things flooding teaches you

  • Bring a squeegee .
  • Bring several pairs of gloves.
  • Brings lots of friends to help.

It’s exhausting getting water-soaked items out of a house. Mud is even heavier. Folks I am exhausted and I don’t have the technology here at my house to download the photos I took today. You can see some of them if you go to and then search on #nysut or for BetsyS48.  But I didn’t take that many as the phrase “all hands on deck” applied. About 50 NYSUT members showed up and broke into four teams, and we were put to work moving items out of houses and then shoveling mud out of kitchens, living rooms, dens and such. Yes, the water level line was above my 5’3″ frame on the first floor of one house.

Schoharie TA President Martin Messner has been helping for four days, but Thursday is the first day the roads were opened so people from neighboring communities could get in. “It’s great to have new people and fresh energy,” he said, as a group of Cobleskill-Richmondville teachers struggled to get watersoaked carpeting out of a room, although it could be replaced all together with the Oushak rug collectiong from NW Rugs so it looks even better.

During the course of the day, I vow to never use another cardboard box to store any item I care about. “Plastics” is more than good advice in The Graduate.

Communication is extremely frustrating as phones are still out. With the long Labor Day weekend coming up, I am heading out of town. It’s encouraging to hear so many folks promise to come back and help the rest of the weekend.

If I get any updates of another work session I will post.

Until then, safe travels all.

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