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State of Emergency Declared in Montgomery County After Flooding

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FONDA, N.Y. -- A state of emergency has been declared in Montgomery County due to excessive flooding from Thursday night's storms.

Many homes and roads were flooded across the county. Terry Hayes has lived in his Fonda home for 15 years. Unfortunately, this is just the latest of several muddy situations.

"Just happened about a month ago, just finished cleaning up then it happened again," said Hayes.

Heavy rain started coming down around 6 p.m. Thursday night. By 8 p.m., Hayes said his yard was already flooding.

"I didn't go to sleep. I was just waiting for daylight so I could see," he said.

His garage was ripped into pieces. Some belongings found across the street in a corn field, others still missing. But the worst of it, his front yard, literally split in half.

"When water was going down through you could hear rocks going down through sounded like thunder but it was big rocks crashing down," said Hayes.

Beyond the damage in Fonda, Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Smith said several other communities were also impacted.

In Canajoharie, the DPW Building was flooded for a second time. Officials said 44 basements had to be pumped out, and roads were shredded.

"We just seen pieces of the pavement going out on the street and pieces of our driveway are out on the sidewalk so it was really a mess," said resident Tia Eckler.

DPW and DOT crews have been working around the clock to get travel back to normal.

"It's the ditches the undermining of the roads and the culverts all that debris," said Smith.

But as history keeps repeating itself, people like Terry are once again trying to figure out where to begin.

"That's a good question- I'm wondering that myself," he said.

"With so much rain in such a short time I'm going to be honest with you, we feel helpless we really do," said Smith.

The Village of Fonda and the Village of Canajoharie are under a boil water advisory until further notice.
Officials said many of the roads will remain closed for the majority of the day.

According to the Montgomery County Emergency Management, the following roads are closed due to flooding as of Friday.

Closures

Route 163 in the Town of Minden between Clinton Road and Cherry Valley Road
Hickory Hill Road at Barker Road
Mapletown Road from Shunk Road to Old Sharon Road Town of Canajoharie
W Ames Road from White Road to Buel Road Town of Canajoharie
Old Sharon from Carlisle to Maple Hill Road Town of Canajoharie
W Sprakers Road from Jump Street to the Village of Canajoharie

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