Cleanup, searches continue in Fort Plain

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FORT PLAIN, N.Y. – Residents of Fort Plain continue to clean up Saturday after flooding left heavy damage throughout the village.

Mayor Guy Barton says 150 to 200 homes were affected by the flooding, and about 25 people spent the night at a shelter set up at the Harry Hoag Elementary School on High Street. The American Red Cross has responded, sending volunteers to patrol badly damaged areas and offer help where they can.

Although Fort Plain Police say most residents are accounted for, a recovery effort is underway for 86-year-old Ethel Healey, whose home on 34 Reid St. was swept away in the raging flood waters.

NYS Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers and other agencies have been called in to help locate any other potential victims.

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 as they anticipate for more rain in the forecast.

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