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Pelham Prepares for Possible Floods This Weekend

PELHAM, N.Y. – The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Westchester County this weekend and Pelham residents might have to deal with wet basements and flooded roads once the rain stops.David Katz, executive chef at the Depot Market, lives in Chester Park but his house sits lower than most of his neighbors. He has a pump to help keep water out of his basement, but the water itself is not his main concern."I'm more worried about losing power in this kind of weather," Katz said.If he loses power and the pump cannot function, then water will back up into his basement.Katz also said that flooding on the Hutchinson River Parkway could be more of a problem than flooding in the town itself because drivers are forced to detour through Pelham."When the Hutch backs up, it kills this town," Katz said. "Fifth Avenue becomes a parking lot...It could take a half hour to get across town."Katz did praise the elected officials in Pelham for addressing flooding issues in town. He pointed to Fourth Avenue, which he said used to flood routinely but has not done so recently.Village administrator Robert Yamuder said the village government spoke to officials in New Rochelle to lower the water at Glenwood Lake. The village has also cleaned out catch basins and prepared barricades for use in flooded areas.Michelle Parella Boyle posted on The Daily Pelham Facebook page to discuss the possibility of flooding this weekend. She said that others with basements more prone to flooding will be more concerned than she."My basement doesn't flood but I do have an area in a corner that is cracked and I get a little water but not a lot," Boyle wrote. "I can only hope that it doesn't get worse."

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