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Emergency management getting a handle on county's flood status

Monday, June 16, 2014 - Updated: 10:24 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

Montgomery County will remain in a state of emergency until officials finish assessing the damage sustained from Friday's storms.

County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said new reports were still coming in this morning regarding damage in towns and villages.

"It was recommended by the [Office of Emergency Management] that the state of emergency remain in place," Ossenfort said. "They are going to spend today in the field assessing and documenting the damage in those areas."

One area is the village of Canajoharie, which experienced significant road damage, he said, adding that the damage is being evaluated.

In the meantime, repairs are starting in other parts of the county where flooding damaged streets and homes.

County Department of Public Works Commissioner Paul Clayburn said damage in the towns of Root and Glen, where most of the damage was located, was evaluated Saturday and repairs started this morning.

"The majority of the repairs [involve] shoulder washouts and opening some culverts," Clayburn said.

Cleanup also continues for residents who were evacuated Friday evening due to flooding.

Five homes on Argersinger Road in the town of Root, a home on Noonan Road, and a home on Route 67 in the town of Amsterdam, suffered significant flooding.

Rural Grove Fire Department Chief Jeff Kaczor said all of the residents except for one were back in their homes today.

At one home, flood waters filled the entire basement and a foot of the first-floor space, he said, but volunteers came out over the weekend to help with the cleanup.

The Rural Grove fire station sustained water damage, and some of the fire equipment was damaged as well.

"We have an adjuster from our insurance company coming out today," Kaczor said.

Emergency Management Director Jeffery Smith said at the other homes, foundations were being checked, as well as the electrical service.

He said the department continues to assess the damage and will meet Tuesday with the Department of Public Works to get a better idea of where the county stands.

"This is another unfortunate incident in Montgomery County and we are trying to be as resilient as possible, and get to the bottom to some of this stuff," he said.

     

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