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Residents still cleaning up after Ft. Plain Flood
FT. PLAIN -- A 100 year flood just seven years after water rushed through the town of Fort Plain. Saturday, weary residents are left picking up the pieces. Power and gas has been shut off in the town, and according to the mayor, between 150 and 200 homes were damaged or destroyed.
"I have probably 125 to 150 people staying at the elementary school they are homeless at this point," village mayor Guy Barton tells us.
"Some of the bridges in the area are done, they are not going to be fixed, they're just destroyed," he adds.
Ronald Dobson and his family returned to their home Saturday after being rescued by boat friday morning. They came home to a flooded, and muddy basement. Their belongings scattered on the sidewalk, and to make matters worse, no insurance.
"It's the American way, everything by hand, then we'll see what happens after that, but i've got to get by house back up so i can live in it," Dobson says.
Over in the center of town, The Reformed Church of Ft. Plain is also cleaning up. The basement of the church is completely underwater, just like it was in 2006.
Reverend Nancy Ryan hopes people don't pack up and leave.
"I pray, i literally pray that the community will come back. A lot of businesses were effected, a lot of people, and it's only been 7 years. i wouldn't blame people for packing up and leaving but i pray people stay and we'll get through this."
Meanwhile crews are hard at work to rebuild. FEMA is set up at two locations to help residents get back on their feet. One is located at the senior center on 204 Canal St. A second location has been set up at Hancock and Main St.
Those that are displaced are staying at Harry Hoag Elementary, just hoping the sky doesn't open up again.