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Flood Assistance Centers up and running throughout the Mohawk Valley

By GARY LIBERATORE

Governor Cuomo decided on Friday to deploy flood assistance teams to help residents throughout Upstate New York apply for financial assistance, and on Sunday, four flood assistance centers opened up.

One each in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Montgomery counties.

The center in Oneida County is set up at the New Hartford Fire Department on Oxford Road.

A state representative named Michael Weber with New York State Homes and Community Renewal was among those from the state onhand there.

Weber says anyone afflicted by flooding is urged to come in over the next three days and not only apply for assistance, but to ask any questions they may have, but they do not have to provide the details of their damage, those details will be gathered in the next step, "The next step is the state is hiring a firm to come out and do home inspections, and those inspections will then lead to the benefits people will qualify for."

Weber says the firm that is being hired is a firm that has done these type of home inspections before after disasters in other states, "Their workers will be documenting all of the damage once they come to your home or business."

The maximum grant per homeowner is $31,900, and for businesses and farmers, the maximum it's $50,000.

Besides the state flood assistance team members onhand at each flood assistance center, the county where each of these centers are open has county officials there to answer questions as well.

In New Hartford, Les Radford, an Oneida County Department of Emergency Services consultant was onhand.

Radford says he and others are there to answer any and all questions flood victims have and to help them if possible, "Any needs that are not being met by this grant program that the state has brought in, we're interviewing them to see if they are in a health and safety condition, if there are needs for the disabled, if they are on social services, or need to go on social services support, we will be readily available right then and there."

Here is a list of the flood assistance locations that will be open again Monday and Tuesday from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M..

In Oneida County at the New Hartford Fire Department at 4 Oxford Rd..

In Herkimer County at the Robert McLaughlin Center at HCCC in Herkimer.

In Madison County at the Oneida Recreation Center at 217 Cedar St. in Oneida.

And in Montgomery County at the Fort Plain Senior Center at 204 Canal St. in Fort Plain.

If you are not able to make it to any of the flood assistance centers, anyone effected by the flooding can also call the State Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 to apply for assistance under the flood recovery program.
 

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