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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Co. launches flood helpline

  • A flood helpline has been activated for Herkimer County residents.

    Unlike the county’s non-emergency number that offers general information related to county issues, the helpline is for information related to the recent flooding.

    The hotline, 574-3011, will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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  • A flood helpline has been activated for Herkimer County residents.
    Unlike the county’s non-emergency number that offers general information related to county issues, the helpline is for information related to the recent flooding.
    The hotline, 574-3011, will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
    “The Herkimer County Flood Helpline is here to help residents of our community get answers and information that may otherwise be inaccessible to them,” said county Legislative Chairman Vincent Bono said. “With people still trying to get back on their feet, we want to make sure they have all available resources during this difficult time.”
    Some of the services offered by the flood helpline include contacts for those interested in volunteering, boil water orders, hours and locations of Salvation Army and American Red Cross operations, volunteer organizations that assist with cleaning out basements, vaccination availability and where to find additional flooding resources.
    “Our primary concern during an event like this is the health and safety of our residents,” said Robert Vandawalker, director of Herkimer County’s Emergency Operations Center. “If they have questions, we want to help them get answers.”
    Vandawalker said residents are advised to call 911 for emergencies that require immediate assistance from police and fire departments and ambulance services.
    The county’s non-emergency line is 866-0974.
    Vandawalker said additional information on current resources available to residents is available visit www.HerkimerFlood.org.
    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.
    Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army has mobile vehicles operating in the county providing food, water and other human services. Residents may also visit the Salvation Army office at 431 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, for coffee and drinks from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as the Salvation Army location in the vacant lot next to the Family Dollar in Mohawk for coffee and drinks from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. until gone.
    American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross continues to have emergency response vehicles operating in the county to provide food, cleanup and comfort kits and other human services. For information on additional Red Cross activities in the area, or to provide a donation, call the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley at 733-4666.
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    Trash services are operating on pre-storm conditions.
    For information on a municipality’s debris removal procedures, contact the municipal supervisor or Department of Public Works. For information on these individuals, visit http://herkimercounty.org/content/Generic/View/5.
    If moving debris, ensure it is not obstructing traffic operations or covering drainage grates. If homeowners have questions regarding hazardous material disposal or on-site concerns, they should contact the New York State Spill Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.
    Information for farmers
    The Farm Service Agency in Herkimer County will request funding for the emergency conservation program. The ECP provides cost share assistance to producers for practices such as debris removal from farmland caused by a natural disaster to return the land to agricultural use and grading, shaping, releveling or similar measures to land that has been damaged by a natural disaster to return the land to agricultural use. The program also corrects damage to fences caused by natural disaster.
    Crop losses should be reported to the appropriate crop insurance agency. If damage has occurred to crops with coverage under the noninsured crop disaster assistance program, all losses must be reported within 15 calendar days of the disaster event or from the time the loss becomes apparent. Anyone with or without crop insurance or NAP coverage should file a failed or prevented planting acreage report with the local FSA office to document the losses. All livestock losses should be reported to the Farm Service Agency.
    Emergency loans may be available once President Obama has declared a disaster.
    Price gouging
    Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter has received information that certain businesses in the county are engaging in what is commonly known as “price gouging” as a result of the recent flooding. Carpenter reminds local businesses 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. Carpenter said this conduct will not be tolerated and all complaints will immediately be referred to the state 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 state Attorney General’s Office at 793-2225.
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