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The Telegram
  • Resources offered to aid with flood cleanup

  • A variety of resources and information are available to local residents as they work to clean up from recent flooding.

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  •  A variety of resources and information are available to local residents as they work to clean up from recent flooding.
    Aid for VFW members
    The national Veterans of Foreign Wars is offering financial assistance to its members and auxiliary members who were impacted by the recent flood, Mike Wainwright, VFW quartermaster, announced at Wednesday’s town hall meeting in Herkimer.
    Each member is eligible for $300 to $350 and each auxiliary member, $200 to $250. Those seeking assistance may apply this Sunday at the Herkimer VFW. They should bring photos and their membership cards.
    Hot showers
    The Little Falls Family YMCA on 15 Jackson St. in Little Falls and the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley in Mohawk will offer free hot showers to everyone affected by the recent flooding.
    Building hours at the Little Falls Family YMCA are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Building hours for the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
    For more information contact the Little Falls Family YMCA at 823-1740 or the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley at 866-6570.
    Boil water advisories
    Residents in the following areas are still advised to boil their water:
    • Village of Mohawk
    • Van Hornesville in the town of Stark
    • Leather Stocking Mobile Home Park in the town of German Flatts.
    Mike Shedd of the Mohawk Municipal Commission said the boil water advisory in the village remains in effect until further notice. He said the state Health Department will meet with village officials on Monday, but he had no definite time frame when the boil water order would be lifted.
    Supplies, meals offered
    In Herkimer, flood victims may pick up water and dry ice (the latter is available only in the afternoon) at the Herkimer Fire Department on North Washington Street. A food station is provided between Washington and Mohawk streets.
    In Mohawk, flood victims may pick up water and dry ice (the latter only in the afternoon) at the Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St. A food station is provided between Henry and west of Columbia streets.
    In Van Hornesville, water and Meals Ready to Eat are available at Owen D. Young Central School on state Route 80.
    The Salvation Army and American Red Cross have mobile vehicles operating in the area to provide food, water, cleanup kits and other human services items.
    The Salvation Army has set up food, water and other human service operations at the Salvation Army office, 431 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, with coffee and drinks from 9 a.m. to noon and hot meals from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until gone.
    Page 2 of 3 - The American Red Cross will have bulk distribution sites open today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Services offered at these locations include water, bleach, gloves, shovels, trash bags and cleanup kits, along with health services and casework. The locations for these sites are:
    • Village of Ilion, Remington Arms parking lot, East Clark Street between Central Avenue and Hope Street.
    • Village of Mohawk, Jarvis Middle School, 28 Grove St.
    Due to the levels of dust and pollen released by the flood, particle masks are available and are being distributed at the following locations:
    • Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N. Washington St., Herkimer.
    • Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., Mohawk.
    • Ilion Municipal Building, 49 Morgan St., Ilion.
    • Little Falls Fire Department, 659 E. Main St., Little Falls.
    • Town of Herkimer Office, 114 N. Prospect St., Herkimer.
    Mobile center in Fort Plain
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was deploying the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to Montgomery County to help homeowners and businesses affected by the flooding.
    DFS representatives will assist victims with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by recent heavy rains and flooding. The department’s representatives will be inside the agency’s mobile command center, which will be stationed at the Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal St., today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Impacted families and business are also urged to call the DFS Disaster hotline for assistance at 1-800-339-1759, which is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The governor plans to deploy the DFS Mobile Command Center to additional locations in the coming days to help reach victims of this natural disaster.
    Debris removal
    The Oneida-Herkimer debris management operations, at 80 Leland Ave. Ext. in Utica, will be open today from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all municipalities and private haulers.
    Power
    Power restoration is continuing throughout the impacted areas. In Mohawk, there will be low energy levels for some time. Use power sparingly and only for essential purposes. Essentials include hot water heaters, lights and refrigerators (no air conditioners).
    In an effort to restore electricity to storm-damaged areas as quickly as possible, National Grid will reimburse a New York state licensed electrical inspector for the electrical inspection required before service restoration at a home or business. It is limited to one electrical inspection per property, and is available to all National Grid electric or natural gas customers in flooded areas. For information about the program, call 1-800-260-0054.
    National Grid still has operations set up at the Herkimer Fire Department on North Washington Street, Herkimer, handing out restoration and energy efficiency program information and restoration kits. Residents are advised to ask recovery workers for proper identification. National Grid employees will never ask for payment up front. If anyone is concerned about the validity of any individual offering home repair or thinks he or she might be the victim of a scam, contact local law enforcement immediately.
    Page 3 of 3 - Price gouging
    Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter has received information that certain businesses in the Herkimer County area are engaging in what is commonly known as “price gouging” as a result of the recent flooding. Carpenter reminds local businesses that this conduct is prohibited by New York General Business Law section 396-R, which allows for the imposition of a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $25,000.  The district attorney’s office states that this conduct will not be tolerated and all complaints will immediately be referred to the Office of the Attorney General who prosecutes such offenses. Anyone with information pertaining to this conduct is urged to contact the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office at 867-1155 or the Attorney General’s Office at 793-2225.
    The NYS Flood Helpline, 1-888-769-7243, has hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Flood website
    The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center announced that a new website, www.HerkimerFlood.org, has been launched to help with coordination and distribution of information. Officials from across the county can submit village, town and city-specific information for populations within the affected areas. Residents can also visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerFlood for additional information and updates
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