Posted at: 07/01/2013 9:46 AM
Updated at: 07/01/2013 1:14 PM
By: WNYT Staff
People come from neighboring communities to help residents clean out homes
FORT PLAIN - In Fort Plain, in Montgomery County, people are scrambling to prepare for the possibility of more flooding after Friday's storms damaged and destroyed several homes and businesses.
Residents along Main Street say this flood is even worse than the massive flooding that happened 7 years ago to the day, and are bracing themselves for more.
People have come from neighboring communities to help residents clean up piles of debris, and teams of Amish are on the scene helping residents clean out their homes.
Some people who lost their homes are taking shelter at the elementary school, and churches have their doors open, handing out boxes of food and cleaning supplies which are sorely needed by the community.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in Fort Plain meeting with first responders, and taking a tour of the damage.
Authorities are still searching a debris field near the lock for a missing woman who was swept away from her mobile home by the flood waters.
FEMA teams are also in Fort Plain, and residents hope that they will go door-to-door.
Residents are waiting to hear if the whistle blows, and if it is a sustained whistle, they have less than an hour to get out fast.
NewsChannel 13’s Kumi Tucker is in Fort Plain and will keep you updated.