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Herkimer County Flood Recovery Update - July 10

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

As recovery efforts continue across Central New York, The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center has issued the following revised announcements for residents of the impacted areas: 


BOIL WATER ORDERS

Residents in the following areas are advised to boil their water: 

·         Village of Mohawk

·         Van Hornesville in Town of Stark

·         Leather Stocking Mobile Home Park in Town of German Flatts

  

HUMAN SERVICES


TDAP VACCINATIONS

Free Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccinations will be available to responders, residents, and recovery workers in Herkimer county impacted by the recent severe weather.  The vaccinations will be available at the following locations and times: 

 

·         Village of Herkimer – Herkimer Fire Department, 125 North Washington Street, on Wednesday, July 10, from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

·         Village of Mohawk – Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia Street on Thursday, July 11, from 4p.m. to 7p.m.

 

Additional information about Tdap can be found at the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/td-tdap.html


Points of Distribution (PODs, Multi-Agency Operated)

·         Village of Herkimer, Fire Department, 125 North Washington Street

    • Water, Food Station provided between Washington and Mohawk Streets, Hours of Operation: 8a.m. – 5p.m.

·         Village of Mohawk, Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia Street

    • Water, Food Station provided between Henry and West of Columbia Streets.

·         Van Hornesville, Owen D Young School 2316 State Highway 80 Herkimer, NY

o   Water, MREs, Hours of operation: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has mobile vehicles operating in the county, providing food, water, and other human services.  Residents can also visit the following distribution sites until further notice:    

         

Village of Herkimer –Salvation Army office, 431 N. Prospect Street (315-866-1240)

·         Coffee and drinks 9 a.m. to noon

·         Hot Dinner 6p.m. to 8 p.m. 

 

Village of Mohawk—Salvation Army, Vacant Lot at E. Main Street and Bellinger Street next to the Family Dollar

·         Coffee and Drinks 9a.m. to noon

·         Dinner 5 p.m. until gone

 

America Red Cross (Helpline: 315-733-4666)

The American Red Cross continues to have emergency response vehicles (ERVs) operating in the area to provide food, clean-up and comfort kits, and other human services.  There will also be a fixed feeding site at the following location until further notice: 

               

                Village of Fort Plain – Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal Street from 11a.m. to 7p.m.

 

 

NYS DFS MOBILE COMMAND CENTER

Governor Cuomo has announced the deployment of the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center to Herkimer County to help homeowners and businesses affected by recent heavy rains and devastating flood damage.  DFS representatives can 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 following location on Wednesday, July 10, from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and Thursday, July 11, from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. :

 

Village of Herkimer – Herkimer Village Hall, 120 Green Street

 

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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 


DEBRIS REMOVAL

Trash services are operating on pre-storm conditions.  For information on your municipality’s debris removal procedures, contact your municipal supervisor or Department of Public Works (DPW).  For information on those individuals, visit http://herkimercounty.org/content/Generic/View/5.


If moving debris, please ensure it is not obstructing traffic operations or covering drainage grates.  If you live in a community with storm sewers please keep them clear of debris as much as possible.   Residents in rural communities are asked to keep their driveway culverts clear of debris to help assist recovery efforts.

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.


Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.  First, wash surfaces with soap and warm, clean water to remove dirt and debris. Next, sanitize surfaces with household bleach.


It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. Below are the most important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products:

·       Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.

·       Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves, and eye protection.

·       Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter.



VOLUNTEER SERVICES

The Southern Baptist Disaster Hotline is available for those interested in helping residents in Herkimer County who have been affected by the severe weather and flooding.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the recovery efforts, please contact 716-796-1656. 



POWER

Power restoration is continuing throughout the impacted areas.  In the Village of Mohawk, there will be low energy levels for some time. Please use power sparingly and only for essential purposes.  Essentials include: hot water heaters, lights, and refrigerators (please 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, up to $85, 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. National Grid reminds customers meters cannot be re-energize until repairs have been made by the homeowner. Any service – both gas and electric – that was affected by flooding, including gas appliances inside the home, must be inspected prior to service restoration as a safety precaution.

For information about the inspection program, please call 1-800-260-0054.

To request a ‘relight’ of gas services or a ‘turn on’ of electric, please call 1-800-642-4272.

 

National Grid still has operations set up at the following locations handing out restoration and energy efficiency program information and restoration kits:

 

The Village of Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N Washington St, Herkimer, NY 13350.

 

ALWAYS ASK RECOVERY WORKERS FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION – NATIONAL GRID EMPLOYEES WILL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT UP FRONT

 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OFFERING HOME REPAIR OR THINK YOU MAY BE THE VICTIM OF A SCAM, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE IMMEDIATELY

 

 

TOWN OF FAIRFIELD ANNOUNCEMENT

There will be a Town Board meeting on Thursday July 11, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall.

 

 

VILLAGE OF HERKIMER ANNOUNCEMENT

The Village of Herkimer has announced that debris removal for flood-affected Village residents will end on Friday, July 12, at 2pm.  Any residents with debris after that date are asked to contact the Village office at 315-866-3303 to be put on a list.  Village officials will review the situation accordingly.

 

 

TOWN OF HERKIMER ANNOUNCEMENT

The Town of Herkimer has dumpsters available at the Town Highway Garage on Gros Boulevard in Herkimer for Town of Herkimer residents to use to dispose of trash caused by the recent flood damage. For further information please call the Town Office at 315-866-2690.

 

 

DEC PERMITS

For information regarding on the storm recovery changes made to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/89343.html or call 315-793-2555, Monday through Friday, 9a.m. – 5p.m.

 

 

DUST AND POLLEN

Due to the levels of dust and pollen released by the floods, particle masks will be supplied to residents starting Monday, July 1.  Distribution of the masks will take place at the following locations: 

·         Village of Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N Washington St. Herkimer, 13350

·         Village of Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St.  Mohawk, 13407

·         Village of Ilion Municipal Building, 49 Morgan St. Ilion, 13357

·         City of Little Falls Fire Station, 659 East Main St. Little Falls, NY 13365

·         Town of Herkimer at 114 North Prospect Street

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE HERKIMER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey S. 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.  DA 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 twenty-five thousand dollars.  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 315-867-1155 or the Attorney General’s Office at 315-793-2225. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Herkimer County Flood Helpline: 315-574-3011

Hours: 9a-5p until further notice

The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has activated a flood helpline for residents of Herkimer County who have questions regarding issues directly related to flooding in Herkimer County.  Staff will be able to provide non-emergency information for activities occurring on a county-level such as tetanus shot locations from the Herkimer County Public Health office, distribution points for food and water, ways to volunteer, and ways to sign up for assistance from volunteer services.  LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR 911.

 

 

After a disaster it is important to take special action with food, water, hygiene, cleaning, and other recovery efforts.  For recommended actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/

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