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Schenectady: In the Stockade, restoring, not simply rebuilding, is the challenge

Getting insurance against flooding may soon become much more expensive for the owners of homes like these on Ingersoll Avenue in the Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady that were heavily flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
Getting insurance against flooding may soon become much more expensive for the owners of homes like these on Ingersoll Avenue in the Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady that were heavily flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
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It’s been a year, but Irene is still causing problems in Schenectady’s Stockade historic district. Part of the neighborhood was flooded when Irene whipped through last year, and although the damage didn’t knock down houses, it hurt buildings that had been painstakingly restored to historical accuracy. Owners dug in their heels when insurance companies expected them to simply rip out their horsehair plaster walls — which aren’t made any longer — and their original wood ...


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