Otsego County residents receive a little help with flood damage

By WKTV News

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Lowe's in Oneonta stepped up Friday to help their neighbors in Otsego County.

The home improvement store handed out food, bottled water and cleaning supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis to resident in need after having their homes and possession damaged during last week's horrific flooding.

Roughly 2,000 households were helped through the initiative.

Congressman Chris Gibson of the 20th Congressional District was on hand to take any questions residents have about federal funding when it comes to the flooding.

Also on Friday, the Otsego County Public Health Department announced it would be administering Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccinations to individuals over 18 years of age, who are involved with flood clean-up. The vaccination will be offered at no cost to them.

The clinic will be located at the Otsego County Office Building, 242 Main Street in Oneonta from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

Health officials said it is important to note that cuts and punctures are an easy way for a serious bacterial disease called tetanus to enter your body. This disease can affect your muscles and nerves. If it has been 10 years since your last Tetanus vaccination, Otsego County Public Health recommends that all those who are involved with flood clean-up be vaccinated.

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