Relief efforts continue as area recovers from devastating flood


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Church World Service (CWS) is set to hold another workshop to benefit those affected by last summer's Mohawk Valley flooding and other local natural disasters, next week.

On February 5th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the organization will hold its "Recovery Tools and Training" workshop in order to provide local support for those affected by the flooding.

The workshop will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, on Genesee St., and will focus primarily on long-term recovery needs in Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, and Montgomery counties.

Prior to that workshop, on February 2nd, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., a group meeting will be hosted by the Oneida-Madison Flood organization in order to discuss the immediate and long-term needs for relief efforts in the Mohawk Valley.

It will also provide a forum for locals affected to discuss their unmet needs with case managers responsible for leading assistance efforts.

This event will be held at the Oneida Armory on Cedar St.

The CWS will be working in collaboration with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in their workshop, to aid in the process of recovery.

The collaboration will work towards aiming "a multitude of resources at the Mohawk Valley, whose long-term recovery needs probably aren't going to get a lot of attention nationwide," said Dave Woodcock, representative for the UMCOR's Mohawk Valley flood response. "With so many disasters around, getting everyone to work together toward one goal is extremely important."

The groups are encouraging all victims of the flood to attend the workshops, regardless of previous services received in the relief efforts. The events are free, and will be open to the public.

For more information on the services currently in progress for flood relief victims, and the Groundhog day event on Feb. 2nd,  please visit

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