There is no new information on the search for Ethel Healey as crews continue to work on the Mohawk River.
Joint State/FEMA preliminary Damage Assessments will begin today and continue through tomorrow if necessary. These teams will be conducting road and bridge damage assessments, as well as outdoor home assessments. These assessments are the first step in the State requesting Federal Disaster assistance. They are conducted by FEMA/State teams canvassing village streets and door to door. Residents do not have to be home for these assessments and no teams will be entering homes.
At this time there has been no Federal Disaster Declaration and there is no paperwork for residents to file for assistance. If a disaster declaration is declared, in the coming weeks, County wide notification will be made explaining to residents how to apply for assistance Currently on scene assisting residents is Montgomery County Department of Social Services, with representatives helping people currently receiving aid and taking new applications from people who may now qualify for state and county help. They are stationed at the Fort Plain Senior Center at 204 Canal Street.
The American Red Cross continues to maintain the Emergency Shelter at the Ft Plain Elementary School. Also at that location is food and a client case worker manned by Red Cross personnel. Cleaning supplies can be obtained at the Methodist Church at 39 Center Street. Red Cross trucks are driving on village streets offering food, water and snacks.