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United Way, local groups continue flood relief efforts

By Spencer Davidson

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - United Way continues to serve as an organizing and community fund-raising entity for the Mohawk Valley, as it has provided relief for area residents affected by this year's Flood.

The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has been working with local organizations, such as the Herkimer Oneida Organizations Active in Disaster (HOOAD), in order to allocate funds used for relief efforts.

The foundation had pledged to provide $188,000 in support during the Flood of 2013, during the Disaster Recovery Telethon. As of Thursday, August 1st, nearly $130,000 has already been received.

50% of those funds raised were used, in conjunction with the Mohawk Valley Red Cross and Salvation Army, to assist with immediate flood response services. The remaining 50% will be reserved to meet the needs that many still face during the long-term recovery process.

As these organizations continue to aid those in need after the Flood, residents affected are being encouraged to contact the Upstate Flood Recovery Program through New York State, with the application deadline being extended to September 3, at 5:00 p.m.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood/.

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