FORT PLAIN, N.Y. – Residents say the banks of the Otsquago Creek crested and that's when water rushed into the streets of Fort Plain, stranding some residents inside their homes and leaving some businesses under water.
Rescue crews were called out to the village around 6 a.m. Friday morning. A state of emergency has been declared for the western parts of Montgomery County and a shelter has been opened for displaced neighbors at the East Hill Elementary School on School District Road in Canajoharie.
Some bridges around the village have been closed off due to safety issues and officials say there will be limited access to drivers coming through.
DPW crews were out scraping mud off the streets on Friday afternoon as residents and some business owners were pumping water out of their basements. Officials say they will continue cleanup efforts Friday night as they anticipate for more rain in the forecast.
Friday was a terrible reminder for residents of a similar flooding incident that happened seven years ago to the day.