It's been a busy day inside the Smith household in Ausable Forks. "Moving everything upstairs, we never did get flooding upstairs," said Marion Smith. Smith's family just finished making repairs to their home after two record floods last year, one of them Tropical Storm Irene. "I hate to see it come right after we got back on our feet," she said.
And they weren't alone in prepping for Sandy. Governor Andrew Cuomo was busy touring the state Sunday, including a stop in Ausable Forks. He wants to make sure communities have the resources ready to roll out as necessary. A federal disaster has been declared, paving the way for more resources to respond to the storm -- including the mobilization of 1,175 National Guard troops.
"In the North Country it's about transportation, it's about roads, it's about wires and trees. Four-hundred D.O.T. people ready and 200 pieces of D.O.T. equipment that is allocated to the North Country," Gov. Cuomo said.
Even though the biggest issue with the storm is expected to be the wind, the town of Jay is not taking any chances. Crews are filling thousands of sand bags to hold back the Ausable River if necessary. "We were not supposed to get anything from Irene at all, it was all supposed to be down state, but it got flipped and we want to make sure that if it is flipped and we happen to get more than we anticipate -- we are prepared for it," said Chris Garrow with Jay's Public Works & Highway Dept.
"We're ready. We don't know what it is yet -- it's the anticipation that is frustrating," Gov. Cuomo said.
Back at the Smith household it's now just a wait and see game. "It's coming, nothing you can do about it," Marion Smith said.
A region that's hoping Sandy is not another one for the record books in the North Country.
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