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Montgomery County lifts state of emergency

Montgomery County lifts state of emergency

Montgomery County lifted its state of emergency as of 2 p.m. today.

Montgomery County lifted its state of emergency as of 2 p.m. today.

The state of emergency had been in place since Friday, after flash flooding hit the Capital Region. In Montgomery County, several roads were flooded and homes evacuated, particularly in the towns of Amsterdam and Root.

In a news release, County Executive Matt Ossenfort said crews were still gathering damage estimates and any municipality should provide the county's Emergency Management Office with written estimates, photos and documents showing the necessary work. The county wants private property owners to do the same.

"The flooding was localized, but this event was still devastating to those who were affected," Ossenfort said in the news release. "We are working diligently to figure out where repairs are needed and make them as swiftly as possible. While this was an unfortunate incident, our response team reacted exactly how they should to minimize damage and the potential for any danger to residents."

Despite the lifting of the state of emergency, Ossenfort asked residents to continue to use caution when traveling because the shoulders of many roads were washed out and still require repair.

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