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Montgomery County assesses flood damage

Friday’s surge was ‘tidal wave sweeping down the street’

From left, Carlene Montanye, 12, and her sister, Mackenzie, 18, look on as their grandmother, Andrea Montanye, sifts through items that were in the garage and became soaked when the Argersinger Road home in the town of Root was flooded Friday.
From left, Carlene Montanye, 12, and her sister, Mackenzie, 18, look on as their grandmother, Andrea Montanye, sifts through items that were in the garage and became soaked when the Argersinger Road home in the town of Root was flooded Friday.
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Shelly Montanye’s mother survived the flood of 2006.

Montanye remembers her mother, who lives by the Mohawk River in Fort Plain, describing it as a “tsunami coming down the street.”

She thought her mother was exaggerating, but when water came rushing Friday afternoon down Argersinger Road in the town of Root, forcing the evacuation of Mantonye’s home and four other on the street, she said she learned otherwise.

“That’s ...

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