The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard has survived the flooding of September 7 & 8 with minimal damage. As of Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 PM Fly Creek has received 11 inches of rain since Monday, September 5 on top of completely saturated soil from Hurricane Irene. Fly Creek rose above its banks at 8:00 AM and continued to rise throughout the morning cresting at noon. No additional rain since 6:00 AM helped significantly and the sun came out at 2:00 PM. At 5:00 Fly Creek thankfully returned within its banks.
The Mill remained open throughout the day welcoming the many visitors that ventured out. Otsego County was in a state of emergency with roads closed to all but emergency vehicles. The Snack Barn did close for the day and our On-Line store received orders but did not process any shipments.
With the help of a dedicated team and the preparedness of the Mill’s managers all inventory and equipment was saved from the rising water. Merchandise and equipment was moved to higher ground and the property was spared.
Friday the Mill will return to its normal operations of welcoming visitors and offering samples of more than 40 specialty foods and beverages. The team will be busy straightening up, baking and preparing for an upcoming busy weekend highlighted by the Cooperstown Lions Club’s Just Ducky Weekend
Bill & Brenda Michaels, owners of the Mill, wish to thank the many customers, neighbors and team members who helped prepare the Mill for the impending flood and for all that contacted the Mill with concerns.