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Fallout from massive snowstorm, regional flooding continues

Au SABLE FORKS-The blizzard and subsequent flooding of last week may be history, but for many, it will not be forgotten.

Jay supervisor Randy Douglas said that the town, county and state are still working with several families in the area who lost homes and possessions as a result of the flooding on the Au Sable River.

"There are about eight families that are still in need of help," Douglas said. "They had hot water heaters, fuel tanks and belongings that were all destroyed because of the flooding."

Douglas said that the town had worked with Essex County, where he chairs the board of supervisors, to assess what has needed and still needs to be done.

"We have been compiling a list to see what is needed," Douglas said. "We had a special informational meeting for those affected March 15 and also had a cleanup day with help from the inmates at Moriah Shock."

Douglas said that Essex County was the only one to declare a state of emergency during the storm, which will make it more difficult to get state or federal disaster relief funding.

"Alan Hipps (Housing Assistance Program of Essex County director) is trying to see if we can re-direct some of the money that we have obtained for renovations to the relief effort," Douglas said. "Our town and the county disaster preparedness teams worked so well together."

Douglas said that while the majority of the ice is now out of the Au Sable, the danger for more flooding still remains.

"We're keeping our eyes on the weather forecast," he said. "There's a couple of smaller jams still on the river, but what we are more concerned abut is melting and rain combined."

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