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FEMA heads to flood ravaged Fort Plain

FORT PLAIN -- The wheels are in motion for federal assistance in Montgomery County.

FEMA expects to have boots on the ground today in Fort Plain. That's where there was massive damage left behind by Friday's floods.

Meantime the search continues for that mobile home swept away by the rushing water on Friday morning. The woman living in it: 87-year-old Ethel Healey, has not been heard from since.

Crews and residents have their eyes on the sky in that flood ravaged area Monday, with the potential for more heavy rain.

In Herkimer County: National Grid is making dry ice available to flood victims in the Mohawk Valley today from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Residents can pick up dry ice in Herkimer at the village fire department, 125 North Washington St.; and in the village of Mohawk at 28 Grove St. behind the high school.

The distribution of cleaning materials will continue at the United Methodist Church, 39 Center Street in Fort Plain. Bleach, masks, gloves, and mops will be available at the church, beginning around 10am. Additional tools for clean-up, such as shovels, will also be available.

On Sunday, workers distributed about 260 cleaning kits, about 1,100 individual items, close to 300 comfort kits containing hygiene products, and nearly 3,000 snack items.

The Red Cross mobile kitchen will remain in operation Monday at the Harry Hoag Elementary school.

The shelter is expected to stay open until at least Tuesday.

Residents who are in need of any Red Cross services are asked to call 518-458-8111.