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Volunteers come out to Village of Fort Plain to rebuild

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FORT PLAIN, N.Y. – Saturday is the 1st Community Rebuilding Day in Fulton and Montgomery Counties.

The Fulton and Montgomery County Long Term Recovery Committee (FMLTRC) had over 100 volunteers in Fort Plain to work on several projects in the area.

Saturday morning, volunteers were paired up with project managers at Haslett Park to work on one of nine different projects.

This effort is to help residents who have been affected by flood waters in their homes and businesses.   According to FMLTRC there will be muck outs, demolition, mold remediation, sheet rocking and plumbing.

"We're just helping their community like they helped us neighbors helping neighbors. That's how it gets done," said volunteer, Bill Kinisky.

Kinisky is one of a handful of volunteers in Fort Plain cleaning up one of the nine houses that are ready to start rebuilding in the village today.

He tells News 10 the house they are working on today had about three feet of water in the house. "Right now we are finishing gutting it and there is a crawl space we have to muck out. and we are just waiting for the house to dry to start rebuilding," said Kinisky.

The Voorheesville resident has been volunteering ever since the flooding in Schoharie County two years ago. He says it was just something he had to do. For the past two months, Bill has been spending his free time helping homeowners on Abbott Street, like Mila and Don Failing slowly recover.

The Failing's lost the first floor to their home and have been forced to live up on the 2nd floor, an apartment space they used to rent out.

Both retired and on a fixed income they say they don't know how they're going to afford to rebuild. But, through all this they say they are overly blessed for the community's outreach and support.

"I cant really say we struggled because there has been so much help. Just when you think you're down someone is there to say hey I'm here to help you," said Mila Failing.

Don and Mila tell me they still are anticipating a check from the Governor's office, but nothing is guaranteed.

There's a lot more work to be done in the village. Officials tell News10, they are always looking for volunteers. 

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