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Montgomery County looks at past disasters to prepare for future emergencies

County Executive, Matt Ossenfort gives the Montgomery County State of the County Address at the Winner's Circle on Route 5 in Fonda on Friday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
County Executive, Matt Ossenfort gives the Montgomery County State of the County Address at the Winner's Circle on Route 5 in Fonda on Friday morning.
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In the days after the Otsquago Creek rose from its banks and raced through the streets of Fort Plain, a host of emergency personnel descended on the village. A shelter was opened, food distributed. As disasters go, Red Cross response manager Michael Raphael said, Fort Plain’s June flooding was handled pretty well. “It’s really simple to handle small disasters,” he said, “but what about bigger ones? What if we have to open 60 shelters?” Such ...


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