FORT PLAIN — Authorities began letting people back in to Fort Plain Friday afternoon after much of the village found itself underwater.
Rising floodwater from the Mohawk River, Otsquago and Canajoharie creeks forced about 100 people to a shelter set up at the Harry Hoag Elementary School. No injuries or power outages have been reported.
Fort Plain Police Chief Robert A. Thomas III said Friday evening that he's requesting a team from the new state Division of Homeland and Security and Emergency Services, who are specially trained in search and rescue with K9s. The request for help is part of an effort to "account for those who left the area," particularly residents of Abbott and Reid streets in Fort Plain who are presently unaccounted for.
Thomas said as the floods came, officers made contact with as many people possible to alert them of the looming threat. While most residents of the area left, Thomas said others "insisted on remaining with their homes."
Thomas said several small buildings were moved from their foundations and moved or destroyed by the rapid waters.
Thomas is asking that anyone who left the Abbott and Reid streets areas to contact the Fort Plain Police Department at 993-3781 to let them know you're safe.
The police chief said more updates are expected Saturday morning.
At a news conference, authorities feared the flooding would spread beyond western Montgomery County. Concerns were raised about possible flooding along Park Street in Fonda.
States of emergencies have been declared for basically the entire portion of Montgomery County west of Fonda and Fultonville.
The National Weather Service says storms coming in Friday evening could bring another 1 to 1.5 inches of rain, further complicating matters.
The city of Amsterdam Fire Department’s swift water rescue team was dispatched this morning to the scene of the upcounty flooding.
It was June 28, 2006, when major flooding covered the western half of Montgomery County, tearing apart streets, creek banks and the comforts of home.
Today the focus is on Montgomery, Fulton and Herkimer counties, where the Mohawk has yet again overflowed its banks.
And parts of the Thruway between exits 29 and 29A are reportedly flooded, with motorists being told to prepare for delays.
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