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The Telegram
  • Flood recovery continues

  • As local residents continue to recover from the devastating June 28 flood, their neighbors are stepping up to offer assistance ranging from mucking out basements to raising money.

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  • As local residents continue to recover from the devastating June 28 flood, their neighbors are stepping up to offer assistance ranging from mucking out basements to raising money.
    Mold removal seminars
    Two seminars on mold removal and awareness have been set up at the First United Methodist Church in Herkimer. The first will take place today at 7 p.m. and the second on Saturday at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Anyone willing to be trained to lead groups for mold removal is asked to contact Jennifer Bullis at 866-1349.
    Benefit planned
    Unleashed Talent And Event Productions and SCWS Entertainment are organizing a benefit concert for the Central New York flood victims on Friday at the Finger Bullet in Utica and Silverado Inn in Herkimer. The two organizations are teaming up to raise as much money as they can to help communities that are suffering from the direct or indirect damage the flood caused. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
    There will be live music, door prizes and more throughout the night. Donation is $10 at the door.
    The event at Silverado Inn, 135 Marginal Rd., Herkimer, will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The schedule is as follows:
    9  to 9:45 p.m. TM Stormz
    10 to 10:45 p.m. Rated R
    11 to 11:45 p.m. Enemy Down
    Midnight to 12:45 a.m. Bound For The Floor
    1 to 2 a.m. Storm Cell (Headliner)
    At The Finger Bullet, 1602 Bennett St., Utica, the benefit will get under  way at 6 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. The schedule is as follows:
    7  to 7:45 p.m. Falling From One
    8  to 8:45 p.m. Mole And The Level Ants
    9 to 9:45 p.m. After The Clearing
    10  to 10:45 p.m. Turn The Tide
    11 p.m. to midnight After Earth (Headliner)
    12:15a.m. to 1 a.m. Redfield
    1:15 to 2 a.m. Vile Tyrant
    DJ Sugar Bear will spin rock and dance beats from 6 to 7 p.m. and in between sets until 9 p.m. and DJ AkAdemix will spin in between sets from 9 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.
    For information, call Eric Hall at 225-7057 or Rachael Hall 2at 35-5127 or email rachaellynn63@hotmail.com.
    Basement cleanup
    First United Methodist Church, Herkimer, has been helping local residents clean up their basements since shortly after the flood occurred. Kim Marlowe, a member of FUMC Herkimer and a local contractor, put out a call out for volunteers. “We were overwhelmed with the response,” according to a statement released by the church. “We have had teams volunteer from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Americorps, God’s Gracious Cleaners, Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, retired teachers, Living Waters UMC, Mohawk Valley Regional Volunteers, Dolgeville UMC, Natick United Methodist Church from Massachusetts, Mohawk District United Methodist Church, Crossroads District UMC, Cicero UMC, Van Hornesville UMC, Salisbury and Stratford UMC, MVRVC and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, where we have had up to 40 missionaries from all over the U.S.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Teams were organized to go out into the community to assist. They were responsible for the removal of debris, mucking out basements and cleaning. In 19 days the teams have completed more than 60 houses, and still have a list of people needing assistance. Spearheaded by Darryl Grubner of FUMC Herkimer, breakfast and lunch was provided for the volunteers. More than 400 sandwiches and snacks were made for the volunteers.
    “Donations of food and cleaning supplies have been very generous,” according to the church’s statement. “We cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts to help our community in our time of need.”
    The church has joined with a group called Respond & Rebuild from New York City. These people are trained in proper mold removal and have had great success from working in Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and in Haiti. They will follow up on the completed houses to see what help is needed for mold removal.
    The church currently has 100 flood buckets available and is still accepting calls for people who need their basements cleaned out. Volunteers are still needed to come and help. For more information, contact Jennifer Bullis at 866-1349.
    Canal reopens
    New York state officials said the last stretch of the Erie Canal that had been closed due to the flooding has reopened. High water had closed 125 miles of the Erie Canal from the Albany area to Central New York.
    The state Canal Corp. opened that stretch previously and the final section in the Mohawk Valley, between Lock E-11 in Amsterdam and Lock E-15 in Fort Plain on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
    Boaters are advised to watch out for crews doing repairs, clearing debris and moving buoys.
    The water level in some areas may initially be as low as 7.5 feet and dredging is continuing at some spots between Lock E-12 in Tribes Hill and Lock E-20 in Marcy.
     
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