updated 7/13/2006 1:19:03 PM ET 2006-07-13T17:19:03

Some upstate New York business owners say convoys of Amish families helped them get back on their feet after recent floods.

And they say the Amish weren't asked for help, they just showed up.

One man they helped is the owner of a Canajoharie diner heavily damaged by flood waters from the Mohawk River. He says a man his daughter helped out years ago showed up with several other Amish men and helped rebuild part of the restaurant, while Amish women washed the dishes by hand.

They were part of a steady convoy of horse and buggies that streamed in from Amish communities northwest of Albany.

They helped remove piles of rotting food from supermarkets and hauled ruined merchandise from the farm supply stores they patronize.

As one business owner pointed out, it was all done by word of mouth, since the Amish don't have telephones.

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