Montgomery County surveys '11 storm debris along creek

Posted at: 12/20/2012 9:10 AM
Updated at: 12/20/2012 11:38 AM
By: AP

FONDA, N.Y. (AP) - A survey recently conducted to gauge the impact of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee on the Schoharie Creek found everything from freezers to vehicles washed up along its banks.

But the comprehensive debris assessment conducted in Montgomery County found that the vast majority of debris along the creek is vegetation, mostly uprooted trees.
The Daily Gazette reports that the county hired an engineering company to conduct a survey of a 14-mile stretch of the creek, which empties into the Mohawk River about 40 miles northwest of Albany.
The creek and river were the scene of severe flooding after Irene and Lee hit late in the summer of 2011. County officials are concerned that future floods could sweep the debris from those storms back into the waterways.
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