Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Victims of flooding are receiving more help as Governor Andrew Cuomo called in another 250 members of the New York National Guard to begin clearing debris.
The guard focused their efforts on areas of Herkimer County Wednesday night and their arrival was a pleasant surprise to flood victim Libbie Mack.
"I couldn't believe it. I walked out on the front porch and all these cute guys in cammies were like, 'Yeah, we're going to bring heavy equipment', and an hour and a half later, here they are,” said Libbie Mack.
Members of the guard were called in after floodwaters from Fulmer Creek in German Flatts shifted debris, which clogged bridges and left behind a field of logs and boulders.
"We'll amass approximately up to seven bulldozers, two more excavators, and then we'll have dump trucks that are moving debris off site too,” said Lieutenant Colonel James Freehart of the New York National Guard.
"We've also got a small security force that will be doing some house-to-house to help elderly residents because they can't move some of the damage that they've got,” explained Major General Pat Murphy, the New York National Guard Commander.
In his late 70's, Mack’s father couldn't clear boulders from the creek on his own.
With unpredictable weather, the German Flatts Town Supervisor Frank Spatto called for help and the 204th Engineer Battalion out of Binghamton answered.
"We don't know when we will be done. When we're told that the job is over, that is when we'll return home,” Lt. Col. Freehart said.
"Frank (Spatto) left the porch telling them, 'Oh, she makes the best jam in the county," I told them if you guys clear it I'll give you all a jar. This is the bomb. I can't believe it. We could never repay this. It is wonderful,” said Mack.
The governor is encouraging people who still need help to call the New York State Flood Helpline