FORT PLAIN, N.Y. - Montgomery County Emergency Management has lifted the evacuation order after physical evaluation of the Otsquaga Creek at the mouth of the Mohawk River. People are now allowed back to their homes as flood fears subside.
Residents in Fort Plain are continuing their cleanup efforts Tuesday after a long night of rain and storms that forced evacuations.
The amount of work that needs to be done is overwhelming for many residents, and a light rain Tuesday is the last thing anyone wants to see.
Front end loaders, dump trucks and other heavy equipment took over Main Street Tuesday hauling away piles of water-logged debris.
Employees of the Nice and Easy grocery store wear face masks because of the rancid smell in the area. They say they can't salvage anything.
"The level was about 30 inches deep in the store," said Walt Maaser, store manager. "Right now we have to throw everything away and
start over and we had just finished remodeling the store."
The store has been closed since Friday's flash flood.
One Fort Plain resident, Adam Zeinder, is packing up after his Division Street home
was condemned. His family is trying to save what they can, loading belongings
into a moving truck.
"What we're trying to do is get what we can, save
what we can, and that's about it," said Zeinder. "Hopefully the rain gives us a break and we can
really make some good headway in getting this cleaned up."
Local officials say if the area sees more heavy downpours Tuesday, they will have to issue another evacuation. They say they're not taking any chances after what the town has been through.
The mandatory evacuation order was issued for Monday night for Abbott Street, Reid Street south of the State Hwy 80 Bridge in the Village of Fort Plain and state Hwy 80 south of the village of Fort Plain to the County Line. If residents need someplace to go, there is a shelter at the Harry Hoag School at 25 High Street in Fort Plain.
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