Fort Plain is slowly building back after floods

June 28, 2019 05:10 AM

FORT PLAIN – What are the odds that on the same day – June 28 – two different years – 2006 & 2013 – there would be devastating floods? It happened and it took a lot of resilience and a lot of clean up.

The major focus was, and still is, the Otsquago Creek at the corner of Abbott and Reid Streets.


"The alarm system's nice," said Victor Venette, who took a moment from mowing three lawns Thursday morning. "I like the way they've done the creek. We haven't had an awful lot of problems with it since they've restructured it."

The alarm system is rigged to the bridge at that intersection. It's set up by Montgomery County. There's also a new bridge over the canal walking and bike path. The destroyed grocery, dollar, and hardware stores are all rebuilt.

"I couldn't even begin to tell you how many tons of stone was brought in here just to shore up," said Mayor Mark Nearbin, who took office April 1. He has big plans: "Bring back thriving businesses, newer homes and just really look forward to a positive future."

Said Venette: "I think it's coming back now because all these houses that were abandoned are all filled up again."

Nearbin admits that every time there is a heavy rain, people in his village hold their breath. They are grateful for the help of fire departments from around the region as well as the state and federal aid.


WNYT Staff

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