Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Catskills Flash Flood Update: Two Dead, Two Missing, Over $20 Million in Damage

A backhoe is used to remove debris from around a house in Colchester, N.Y., in the aftermath of the flooding Friday, June 22, 2007. Scores of searchers have been picking through the mounds of muddy rubble left in the flash flood's wake since Wednesday. (AP Photo/Don Minichino, Pool)

The recovery from last week's flash flood continues. The bodies of Fred and Marjorie Shutts were recovered and laid to rest, but two women, Gertrude Melvin and Barbara Clarke Cooper, remain missing and are presumed dead. The land search has been called off and now authorities are searching bodies of water.

If you wish to donate to the flood victims, a fund has been established.

Middletown Times Herald-Record: Damage estimates from flood approach $23 million

On Tuesday, SEMO pegged the damage to public property in the Delaware County town at about $5 million - far short of the number for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to step in. Now that number has climbed to "a little more than $20 million," Michalski said.

That estimate for public property only refers to roads and bridges, debris removal and the emergency response, Michalski said.

SEMO has not yet assessed the damage to 150 homes because several roads have been impassable.

The damage to personal property along the 4-mile stretch north of Roscoe also has been staggering. The latest count has 33 homes, mobile homes and other structures destroyed. Another 12 homes have had major damage, and six with minor damage.

Numerous cars and motorcycles were also flattened, or swept downstream.

About 99 percent of the damage is in Delaware County, along County Road 7 (Route 206 in Sullivan County) and town roads off Spring Brook, in an area known as Cat Hollow. A tiny amount is in the neighboring Sullivan County Town of Rockland.

Oneonta Daily Star: Area News Briefs June 27, 2007

COLCHESTER _ The towns of Colchester and Andes remain under states of emergency because of significant flooding June 19, according to a news release Tuesday from the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services.

County Route 7, also known as Cat Hollow Road and state Route 206, will be closed between Roscoe and Downsville for an undetermined amount of time. Many of the roads near county Route 7 have been devastated and are closed.

Middletown Times Herald=Record: Special Report: Full coverage of the flash flood

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