Some HV residents say United Water is responsible for flooding

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Some homeowners and Hudson Valley lawmakers are calling for a state investigation into the United Water company.

The local residents and officials want the water company held responsible for widespread flooding in parts of Rockland following Hurricane Irene.

West Nyack homeowner Al Artola doesn't think Mother Nature is to blame, saying, "We don't have a water problem. We have a lake problem."

Artola lives on Klein Road along the Lake Deforest Reservoir. His basement lounge was destroyed after Irene tore through the Hudson Valley. He insists his community flooded because officials at the water company didn't prepare properly as the storm approached. He believes at the last minute, they panicked, and opened up their floodgates, sending water and sewage throughout the neighborhood.

It's a charge county Legislator Harriet Cornell has heard over and over again. She is spear-heading a plan to get the county legislature to approve a resolution that would ask the state Department of Environmental Conservation to open up an investigation into United Water.

Officials at United Water tell News 12 they don't accept blame for the flooding. They say after Irene the water was flowing at 170 times greater than its normal pace and they had no choice but to release the water.

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