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The Telegram
  • Big Willy's donates to flood relief

  • A Frankfort pizzeria served up a slice of charity Friday to help with the continuing flood relief efforts.
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  • A Frankfort pizzeria served up a slice of charity Friday to help with the continuing flood relief efforts.
    "When the flood hit - fortunately Frankfort didn't get hit so hard like the other communities - but we put out a collection for the flood relief," said Bill Evans, who co-owns Big Willy's with his son, Brian Evans.
    "So this is on behalf of the customers and Big Willy's," said Bill Evans, who handed Jennifer Balog, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, a check for $300 on Friday outside of the pizzeria at 121 E. Main St.
    "For a little pizzeria, I guess we did alright," he said.
    Severe flooding hit the Mohawk Valley on June 28, causing water damage to homes, businesses, schools and roads throughout the region.
    "Herkimer County was pretty devastated," said Bill Evans, noting places outside the county like Canajoharie and Fort Plain were still cleaning up.
    Balog said two months later flood relief efforts were ongoing.
    "We had a new flood of phone calls coming in of people who still need basements cleaned out," said Balog, noting things had calmed down until the governor's visit earlier in the week.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped at Herkimer County Community College on Aug. 29 to personally hand checks to some of the flood victims. A total of 558 checks totaling $6,604,757 were issued to Herkimer County residents, farmers and businesses. In Montgomery County 104 checks, totaling $1,419,207.23, were issued. For Oneida County, there were 145 checks amounting to $1,636,791.42.
    For more information on how to help the Red Cross with its flood relief efforts, go to www.redcross/ny/utica or call 866-2890.
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