Posted at: 10/23/2013 5:44 PM
Updated at: 10/25/2013 11:26 AM
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - The flood that hit Amsterdam in late August 2011 opened a lot of eyes in Montgomery County, but the leaders who gathered at A Governor's conference Wednesday from other parts of the state had their own similar experiences, either from Irene, or Lee, or Sandy.
"I really wish I could say to you I know what the future holds and this is what we have to do," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "I can't. No one can."
There is 500 million dollars in special state and federal recovery money to be divided amongst hardest hit communities.
Amsterdam and Montgomery County can expect at least three million, possibly more.
A committee is charged with determining the best ways to spend it.
Ideas include establishing a satellite medical center south of the Mohawk in the town of Florida since Irene flooding cut off access for many to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam
"Many people in need of care had to be transported over 40 miles to the next nearest regional hospital," said Mark Kilmer, a committee co-chair.
Other ideas include bolstering a creek wall near the hospital, relocating the train station which was covered in water in the last flood, making historic buildings more flood resistant, raising a rail trail and protecting low lying agriculture
The Governor made the point that we're all in this together. "When there are bad floods the Mohawk gets very muddy and very brown and you can see it in the Hudson River all the way down to Manhattan."