Posted at: 08/13/2013 6:26 PM
| Updated at: 08/13/2013 6:30 PM
By: Kumi Tucker
FORT PLAIN - The Mayor of Fort Plain is raising money for a new emergency alert system, after devastating flooding in June.
Meanwhile, two popular stores are getting ready to re-open.
The flooding in June destroyed homes and businesses.
One woman was killed when the raging waters swept away her home. Mayor Guy Barton is raising money for an emergency alert system that will be triggered if the creek comes up to a certain level.
“This eight inches of rain that came down at once, if that ever happened again, we'd be in the same position and I don't want to jeopardize any of the people in Fort Plain without letting them know, you've got to get up, there's a problem,” said Guy Barton, Fort Plain Mayor.
The manager of the Nice 'n' Easy grocery, Walt Masser, thinks it's a good idea. He's hoping to re-open early next month.
The shop which is right next to the creek was heavily damaged by floodwaters that came up fast.
“A little after six it started and by six thirty, it was pretty much over with. it was just a big wave of water, almost like an inland tsunami type of thing so just locked up, met and raced across the front of the store. We were right in harm's way,” he says.
The day of the floods in Fort Plain, the Save-a-Lot was hit hard. Gushing water destroyed everything in the building. The popular store was covered in mud.
Now, workers are hoping to re-open next month.
Many local residents who walk here to shop are eager to see that happen.
Since June 28th, they've been working inside this Save-A-Lot every single day. There was a lot of damage. The mark is still on the window.
“I love this community because they've supported us throughout this whole thing. We've had volunteers from the community. The Amish community has been down here helping us. They did quite a bit in the cleanout. The support that we've gotten from the community is just unbelievable,” said Jackie Bidwell, the store manager.