North Country Firefighters Help Mohawk Valley
Houses covered by water. People rowing through the flooded streets. That was the scene Friday in the Mohawk Valley. Some areas received almost five inches of rain. And firefighters from Jefferson County, headed down to help out.
"Basically they've gotten so much water, in such a short amount of time that they just aren't able to keep up with the flooding problems", said Joe Plummer, Jefferson County Fire Coordinator.
Eight Firefighters in total from Glen Park, Natural Bridge and the Town of Watertown Fire Departments worked to de-flood basements in Herkimer County for the 72 hours.
"We're going to do our part down there to help the persons that need it," said Bob Johnston, firefighter.
And for many, it is of course payback after that fateful tempest fresh in the minds of every North Country resident, the Ice Storm of 1998
"Several departments came to help us during the ice storms so I think it's our turn to return the favor", said Edward LaFountain, firefighter.
Jefferson County Fire Coordinator Joe Plummer said he was ready to keep on giving, as he monitored the situation to see if additional resources were needed.
Sunday, July 24, 2016, Watertown, NY