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DEC Commissioner tours flood damage in Oneida County

By ALLISON NORLIAN

Washed out bridges, sections of roads missing and creek expansion are just some of the destruction Oneida County residents have seen since the Flood of 2013.

On Tuesday, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Conservation, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and other local officials walked around many of the flood-impacted areas.

It was all in an effort to figure out the problems as well as the potential solutions.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says there is only so much he can do from sitting behind a desk.

"Some have complained we care more about the fish than the people and that's not true at all," Martens said. "I think everyone is concerned about fish and health of stream but first and foremost, life and property are being affected and that's always our first concern."

Martens says there is not just one solution, but a multitude of them.

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