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German Flatts receives aid from The National Guard

By ALLISON NORLIAN

GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Fulmer creek in the town of German Flatts overflowed so much in this weeks storms, it was approximately four to five feet above its banks. Local municipalities, such as the highway department and New York's National Guard have been cleaning up mother natures mess.

The National Guard was called in on July 3rd, and without them, Town Supervisor Frank Spatto said the Highway Department could work years cleaning up and still not completely finish the process.

James Freehart, Battalion Commander said they have a lot of work to do.

"We're actually putting our engineer equipment inside the creeks and removing the debris inside...that is trees and things rushed out by the storm ...as well as restoring banks."

Spatto said cleaning up is a process.

" A lot of flooding in villages but until we can control it in the upper part of the streams and water sheds you're never going to control it down in the villages."

Heavy rains in our area's future forecast mean people could still see flooding.

Spatto said, "Until we can work up there to relieve that pressure people are under threat of flooding right now."

The National Guard plans to stay in this area until they are no longer needed.

The town supervisor urges anyone, especially those in rural areas to get help, if they haven't already. He advises calling your local municipality or the 9-1-1 center.

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