Volunteers needed in Middleburgh -- but you'd better be prepared

MIDDLEBURGH - Debris from flood damage being collected near the Middleburgh High School: Photo by Marty Rosen

 Our Schoharie County correspondent, Marty Rosen, visited the beleaguered Schoharie County town of Middleburgh today to find a town without supplies of food, water, gasoline, or places for volunteers to stay.

And yet Middleburgh needs volunteers desperately -- to clean up enormous piles of debris at the high school (see photo above), to rescue books at the library from creeping black mold, and to present themselves at the Municipal Building at 309 Main Street to volunteer.

There is an open call for volunteers tomorrow and Monday at the Middleburgh High School. Here's the info from Rosen:

Volunteers are needed Saturday at Middleburgh High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 P.M. The following tools are needed: sheet rock knives, chalkline, flat bars and hammers, straight edges, screw gun drives, and power cords. You must wear waterproof shoes and have work gloves, masks, safety glasses and be 12 or older.

If you are able to get to Middleburgh to help, please make sure to bring your own supplies of fresh water and food and arrive in town with a full tank of gas. There are no hotel rooms available, so you should plan to go back home the same day or arrange to stay with someone. And even getting to Middleburgh is difficult. Rosen reports that Rte. 145 south of the town is closed, so the only way to come into Middleburgh is from the north -- either take I-88 to Schoharie or take the Cobleskill exit and drive on 145 south to Middleburgh. (Road info changes very fast, so before setting out, please check our regularly-updated map of road closures across the Catskills.