Cleanup continues after flooding

Montgomery County is still cleaning up after flooding and mudslides hit Thursday night and Friday morning.

Heavy rains and mudslides damaged many roads throughout Montgomery County, including some in the villages of Fonda and Canajoharie

Montgomery County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Smith said while many roads have been repaired and reopened, a section of Route 163 in Minden will be closed at least through tonight.

“It is impossible [to cross],” Smith said.

Water rushed underneath the pavement and eroded the base, causing the road to collapse in. Currently, the road is closed between Clinton Road and Cherry Valley Road.

The Emergency Operations Center at the Montgomery County Annex Building on Park Street in Fonda was flooded with an inch or two of water on the floor.

The county has been looking into relocating the center to the Sheriff’s Office on Route 5S in part because of past flooding problems.

Smith said the rain caused the storm drains to back up, causing basement flooding, but no major damage. The water has since been cleaned up.

Repairs were also done by crews from CSX near Route 5 on Friday. According to Smith, water had gotten close to washing the rail lines out, but only damaged the banks, which CSX workers were repairing. Crews were dumping rock and gravel down the banks to repair them around 1 p.m. Friday.

The county-wide state of emergency is still in effect, but Smith said officials will review the situation this evening.

In Canajoharie, Mayor Francis Avery said the village had cleaned and opened the roads hit by flooding, and crews were working on repairing the village’s water filtration plant to lift the boil-water advisory. The advisory is expected to last until Tuesday, Avery said.

The village of Canajoharie Department of Public Works’ office flooded as well. Avery said Friday morning the building was full of mud and muck. By Friday afternoon, the front of the building had been cleaned.

Fonda Mayor Bill Peeler said several streets flooded Thursday night, and workers cleaned and pumped out several basements late Thursday evening.

“There was a lot of debris and mud,” Peeler said.

A flood debris clean-up for Broadway and Main Street in Fonda is scheduled for today. Volunteers will be working from noon to 5 p.m. today on Broadway, Main Street, Center Street, Lower Prospect Street and Cemetery Street. The village of Fonda and town of Mohawk Fire Department will wash down sidewalks and curbs throughout those areas, along with sweeping the roadways.

Volunteers are needed to aid with the cleanup today. Peeler said people interested in helping can be at the village of Fonda office building by 11:30 a.m. with work gloves and boots.