Flood cleanup in Fort Plain

Posted at: 06/29/2013 3:46 PM
Updated at: 06/30/2013 9:52 AM
By: Dan Bazile

The sounds of water pumps and shovels echoed through the Village of Fort Plain. Residents were pumping out their basements, and what's left behind is an inch think of mud. That's where the shovels and power washers came in handy.

The mud made it to the first floor of Joe Keba's thrift shop on Main Street, ruining all of his merchandise, so he put them out on the curb as requested by authorities.

Couches, mattresses and dressers were all coated with the thick muck all along Main Street. Keba is not sure if cleaning up and starting over is an option.

“Probably not here. Because if it happened once, it will probably happen again,” he says.

Kern and Yvette Bridgewater were here when the same thing happened six years ago. This time around, Kern says his property was hit pretty hard. He was headed back home for the first time today since the Otsquago Creek rose over its banks on Friday morning.

“It just happened so fast that it was like one minute my husband was going out to get the cars around. And the next minute, downstairs was flooded,” said the Fort Plain resident.

It seems very few people were spared. The Village Hall had to be cleaned out and police had to move the command center to another building. Firefighters were also busy pumping out basements as they cleaned out their own firehouse.

It could a while before things here are back to normal.