Support for flood victims continues in Dolgeville

Boy Scout Troop 18 is holds benefit auction for Dolgeville flood victims.

Posted: Dec 7, 2019 2:25 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2019 8:30 PM

Dolgeville, N.Y. - As snow now covers the roadways, sidewalks and hills in Dolgeville, the feeling of Christmas is definitely in the air, but the memories of Halloween and the morning after, now known as the Halloween Flood of 2019, cannot seem to escape people's minds just yet.

That devastating flood five weeks ago caused many people in Dolgeville to lose their homes, and has since, caused many more people in the area to open their hearts.

There have been a number of fundraisers held in the past five weeks in and around Dolgeville, and Saturday afternoon, Boy Scout Troop 18 in Dolgeville held a benefit auction inside Dolgeville Central School.

All of the items up for bids were donated by area businesses and community members.

The school is not far from North Main Street, where so many people lost their homes and in many cases, everything that was inside.

One of those people is Savannah Belden.

Belden is one of the recipients of the proceeds from Saturday's benefit.

She says she and her 6-year-old son Charles were able to escape their home, but only by wading through high waters.

Belden says those were the scariest moments for her and her son's lives, "It was really high. I was actually terrified, that water was really high."

Belden says she cannot thank the community enough for what they've done and continue to do for her and her neighbors who have lost everything.

She says she has since found a temporary home, but is hoping to fix up her North Main Street house, but says she still doesn't know if that will be possible, since there is so much damage.

Belden says this will definitely be a difficult Christmas for her, but she and Charles are making the best of it. She says she is just thankful she and her son weren't swept away in those waters they trudged through to get to safety.

Boy Scout Troop 18 Assistant Scout Master Stacey Ellerby says the Scouts all wanted to help their neighbors in need in some way, and this is waht they came up with, "I'm proud of them. I know the community needs a lot of help and a lot of people that I know were affected. I have a lot of friends that were personally affected and so this is like a no-brainer. It’s very important for us to get out there and be a part of the community and show that we care."

No word on just how much money was raised.

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