Montgomery County

Fort Plain gets $2M for flood work

Montgomery County will receive $2.7 million in state funding as part of the NY Rising Community Reco
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Montgomery County will receive $2.7 million in state funding as part of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan to reduce vulnerability to flooding in the wake of the 2013 floods.

“The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Five County program enables communities to identify immediate recovery needs and long-range recovery and resiliency strategies,” said a spokesperson from the state Department of State.

A total of $9.4 million was given to Montgomery, Oneida and Herkimer counties from the Department of State with consultation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Of the total, $1.3 million will be designated to address watershed issues in Oneida and Herkimer counties. The rest will be split evenly among the three counties.

In Montgomery County, the bulk of the funds — a little more than $2 million — will go to Fort Plain, which was ravaged by a June 2013 storm that swept an elderly resident to her death. Nearly half of the money will be used to install an upgraded storm sewer, reconstruct an outfall pipe and implement infrastructure to reduce runoff.

“Upgrading the sewer will eliminate the tremendous amount of water,” said Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton. “Whenever a storm comes we seem to be the bullseye of a map.”

Another large portion of the money, $915,000, will be used to fix the Otsquago Creek channel, and $150,000 will go toward upgrading the Honey Hill Road drainage channel.

“This will help with the preservation of the creek area,” Barton said. “We need to work on the creek area to make sure this doesn’t happen again. And put the money to the right use so this doesn’t happen again or else there will be nobody left in Fort Plain.”

The town of Minden was allotted $250,000 to create a dry channel between the town barn and park and make upgrades to the town hall, which include the addition of a second floor and enhancement of HVAC and fire protection systems.

A new guard rail along Spring street will be added with another $35,000 that the town received.

Montgomery County was also given $350,000 to install 23 stream gauges throughout the county to improve warning of potential flooding.

Water quality will also be addressed with the funding, through the installation of a water-quality monitoring station.

The proposed projects aim to create more resilient communities in the Mohawk Valley as well as rehabilitate some areas damaged during the last significant flooding, in 2013.

“The New York Department of State is proud to support NY Rising community resiliency planning efforts throughout the state to rebuild from floods and other severe weather-related damage,” New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said in a news release. “This new investment by the state today will advance these locally created plans and will help make our state as resilient as ever and be prepared for future disasters.”

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