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Ft. Plain resident worried about creek

July 21, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FORT PLAIN - A resident of Reid Street, which was hit hard by the recent flooding, asked members of the Village Board this week what further work would be done on the Otsquago Creek banks.

Donna Marsh of 120 Reid St. said she had seen crews working on the banks of the creek to stabilize it, but she expressed concern that the work they have done is not enough. She said she feared further flooding could destroy her property and cause more damage to her neighbors'.

"It's going to affect everyone else on Reid Street," Marsh said.

Marsh said while her home was not damaged, some of her backyard was washed away, along with some animals.

The Village Board said further work is planned to stabilize the creek shore.

The village recently was awarded state aid, totalling to $4 million, for homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.

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Flood victims can apply for help starting today

ALBANY (AP) - Victims of flooding in New York's Mohawk Valley can apply for state help at several locations over the next few days.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "flood assistance teams" will be available today, Monday and Tuesday in Montgomery, Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties, all hard hit by last month's rains.

The state teams will be at the Fort Plain Senior Center, the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, Herkimer County Community College and the Oneida Recreation Center.

Homeowners, small businesses, renters and farmers may be eligible for state grants ranging from $31,900 to $50,000 to cover uninsured flood damage.

More details and application forms are available at the state office of Homes and Community Renewal website:

Mayor Guy Barton said he was happy to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo fulfilling his promise to help Fort Plain and other flood-ravaged communities in the Mohawk Valley.

"He assured me when he was here a week and a half ago he was going to help us," Barton said.

Barton said Fort Plain has to wait for Montgomery County to transfer state funds to the village.

Federal aid will be made available to local governments and nonprofit community service agencies to help with flood cleanup, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined to award individual aid to homeowners and businesses.

Village Trustee Loring Dutcher said the lack of federal assistance to individuals is a blow to the town.

"Huge, it's a huge hit," Dutcher said. "We need help in the worst way for these people."

Forty-two homes have been condemned since the flooding, Dutcher said, with 12 needing demolition.



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