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Residents continue to clean up in Ft. Plain
FORT PLAIN -- Clean up continued Tuesday after last week's flood. The village and county continually picked up mud-covered debris along the sidewalks of downtown.
"This is about our third pile. Hopefully by Friday everything will be all done," said Rick Vogel as he cleaned out his basement.
Officials were trying to pick up debris frequently in an effort to restore a sense of normalcy.
"The more you see of the stuff, the more it makes them feel down in the dumps and if it's cleaned away and nobody sees any of it. Hopefuly that will keep Fort Plain people in Fort Plain," said Mayor Guy Barton.
The village also worked to clean up the creek. Part of the bike path became unstable and could fall in. Governor Andrew Cuomo relaxed restrictions on work that would normally require a permit to allow for clean up to continue.
"Last year we went to work on it with bulldozers and DEC ended up giving me a ticket, for nothing we did wrong. It was a $2,500 fine because we didn't have a permit and we were just doing it to save people," explained Barton. "If we had to get the permits to get in there can you imagine where we'd be today? The people are on edge. They have reason to be. I'm on edge. i live next to the creek. I understand where they're coming from. I just don't want the people of Fort Plain to become discouraged and say 'I'm going on.'"