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Fort Plain Mayor honored for flood restoration work

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Less than six months after flood water damaged much of the Mohawk Valley region, a local Mayor is honored for his help picking up the pieces. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, volunteers in Fort Plain credit Mayor Guy Barton for getting flood victims the assistance they needed.

FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- Mayor Guy Barton was presented with a certificate of appreciation Saturday for his efforts of bringing the community back after June's devastating flood.

Barton said, "I would do it for nothing. Just to make sure Fort Plain was better than it was before June."

The Mayor said the real heroes are the thousands of volunteers focused on keeping their community the way it was intended to be. The Friends of Fort Plain, a volunteer group, held the ceremony at the Diefendorf Hall, a building the group has been working to restore for the past five years, some of that work washed away in flood waters.

Elizabeth Marosek said, "We had extensive foundation damage in the basement and some on the first floor. It was very disheartening. "

The 1860 building is famous for having guest speakers Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It was set to be demolished, before the group stepped in.

"Fort Plain's natural resource is it's history, and along with this building being placed on the national register we've also had a portion of our village just placed on the national registrar as a historic district," said David Manclow.

Ellen Zunon said, "I've been coming to Fort Plain since I was a little girl, it does feel as though their making some progress and always fun to come back here and catch up with people."

The volunteers hope to make much more progress in the future, turning the hall into a community hub. With the latest blow of damages, a time frame is unknown, but what is known, is flood waters could never wash away the history that makes the village a community.

"Very important, center of town, its a reference to what was here previously," said Barton.

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