County fixes roads, cleans up after flooding

FONDA – Roads in Montgomery County were open again Saturday after several inches of rain caused washouts and mudslides Thursday night.

County Emergency Management Director Jeff Smith said Saturday afternoon all county roads should be clear.

Smith said work still needs to be done cleaning up the areas affected by the rain.

He said the village of Canajoharie and the town of Canajoharie saw some of the most severe damage from the flooding.

Smith said several streets in the Canajoharie area were torn up by the water, and the village Department of Public Works and water filtration plant were damaged.

A boil-water order was in effect for Canajoharie as of Saturday.

The village’s water treatment plant was damage during the storm. The village is currently using water from the Smith Street water reservoir.

Mayor Francis Avery said Friday that because the Smith Street water is chlorinated, the village is asking that all drinking and cooking water be boiled before it is used. The village should have the system ready for residents by Tuesday.

Smith said the American Red Cross was in the county Saturday visiting homeowners whose homes were damaged by water.

According to the Emergency Management Facebook page, the Salvation Army offered to help homeowners as well.

For Red Cross help, people can call 458-8111, Ext. 1. For help from the Salvation Army, call Sam Reeder at (315) 877-6079.

Smith said crews worked in Fonda on Saturday to clear debris. Crews brought out street sweepers to help with the cleanup effort in Fonda.