Dolgeville devastation: Massive cleanup planned for Saturday

The East Canada Creek has receded back into its banks, but its swath of destruction on North Main Street, in Dolgeville, is unmistakable.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 5:52 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 6:12 PM

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. -- The East Canada Creek has receded back into its banks, but its swath of destruction on North Main Street, in Dolgeville, is unmistakable. Water-logged and mud-covered furniture sits on front lawns....a doll hangs out of one of several dumpsters parked on the dirt-covered street....a spray-painted letter X marks the front door of several homes, right next to condemnation notices; homes where halloween memories are the last ones that will ever be made.

"The creek was running just between the garage and the house," says North Main homeowner, Richard Madison, describing how the water went from his toes to his knees in minutes.

A massive clean-up effort is planned for North Main Street on Saturday. The mayor is hoping several volunteers show up to help those who lost just about everything, to salvage something.

"It's beyond sad. Personally has made me very very sad for these folks," said Mayor Mary Puznowski.

The mayor says the Red Cross and NYS Homeland Security are expected to be at the village hall 8am-8pm Saturday, to offer guidance and assistance to flood victims. She says FEMA should be in the village, assessing damage, in the next week or so.

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