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Fort Plain still rebuilding after summer floods

FORT PLAIN -- Several days before Thanksgiving, volunteers were out in Fort Plain trying to rebuild.

"We need skilled volunteers, we need electricians, we need plumbers," Pat Moore tells us, with the Fulton-Montgomery Long Term Recovery.

It's been nearly five months since flood waters nearly destroyed Fort Plain, and while progress has been made, the Fulton Montgomery Long Term Recovery estimates they are less than half way to normalcy.

"There's a lot of work to be done and there's a lot of donations to be raised, a lot of funding to be had, we're needing a lot more help," Moore tells us.

Right now the village is looking to find many of those who owned condemned property, to get them to sign off, allowing the homes to be demolished.

"I'm waiting until spring I'm sure they're going to realize after the winter hits that  there is still some more flood damages that they've got to repair, and they're out of resources," says Moore.

We're told the long term recovery has been helping nearly 70 homeowners.They were joined by the American Red Cross Saturday, giving those left with next to nothing an early Thanksgiving dinner.

Renee Shoemaker was one of those in need, who with the help of volunteers was working to rebuild her life.

"The whole thing has to be rebuilt," she says.

"I was expecting to see some damage but not to the extent of what I saw this morning," Chris Marotta, a volunteer adds.

For the past five months, Renee has been living with her three children and mother in a 33 foot camper trailer.

"Nobody can really understand unless they've lived through it. I mean I've seen things about floods on TV and never really got it until I lived through it, it's devastating," she says.

"I think people tend to forget about a disaster, after 6 months, a year, they probably figure everything is taken care of but it's an ongoing thing," says Moore.

If you would like to send a monetary donation, you can send it to 55 East Main St. in Johnstown. Make sure it says "Montgomery County Flood Relief."