Ft. Plain resident worried about creek

FORT PLAIN – A resident of Reid Street, which was hit hard by the recent flooding, asked members of the Village Board this week what further work would be done on the Otsquago Creek banks.

Donna Marsh of 120 Reid St. said she had seen crews working on the banks of the creek to stabilize it, but she expressed concern that the work they have done is not enough. She said she feared further flooding could destroy her property and cause more damage to her neighbors’.

“It’s going to affect everyone else on Reid Street,” Marsh said.

Marsh said while her home was not damaged, some of her backyard was washed away, along with some animals.

The Village Board said further work is planned to stabilize the creek shore.

The village recently was awarded state aid, totalling to $4 million, for homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.

Mayor Guy Barton said he was happy to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo fulfilling his promise to help Fort Plain and other flood-ravaged communities in the Mohawk Valley.

“He assured me when he was here a week and a half ago he was going to help us,” Barton said.

Barton said Fort Plain has to wait for Montgomery County to transfer state funds to the village.

Federal aid will be made available to local governments and nonprofit community service agencies to help with flood cleanup, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined to award individual aid to homeowners and businesses.

Village Trustee Loring Dutcher said the lack of federal assistance to individuals is a blow to the town.

“Huge, it’s a huge hit,” Dutcher said. “We need help in the worst way for these people.”

Forty-two homes have been condemned since the flooding, Dutcher said, with 12 needing demolition.