Huge turnout for a community cleanup in Dolgeville

People from al over the region make their way to Dolgeville for a community cleanup to help flood victims.

Posted: Nov 9, 2019 9:00 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2019 9:30 PM

Dolgeville, N.Y. - Tim Brown owns a two story home on North Main Street in Dolgeville, only that home is no longer habitable.

He says his basement and first floor were totally under several feet of water during the height of the storm last week.

He has since gone out and financed another mortgage to buy another home in Dolgeville, further away from the East Canada Creek, a creek he says has overflowed its banks and flowed into his home a number of times in the past several years, but this time he says his home suffered so much damage he has to move.

So now that he knows where he will be moving to, he has to empty out the debris and all of the destroyed items from his now former home, and salvage anything he can from the second floor to bring to his new home.

He was doing that Saturday morning when a large number of people came to his door to help.

Dolgeville Mayor Mary Puznowski was part of the community wide cleanup that was organized on Saturday, as so many volunteers helped so many homeowners like Tim Brown.

Puznowski says there are a full range of emotions on North Main Street, "The unknown is really what’s top on people's mind right now. Where are they going to go, what’s going to happen next. Any houses that are unlivable at this point, they will be assessed by FEMA in the upcoming weeks, but right now they need to get the goods that were affected by the floods into dumpsters and out of homes."

Brown says the outpouring of support from people near and far who came to Dolgeville Saturday morning to help is overwhelming, "I didn’t know there were that many nice people."

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