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Weeks later, municipalities still dealing with flood cleanup

By JOLEEN FERRIS

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Three weeks after heavy rain forced local creeks over their banks and into basements and homes throughout central New York, the hum of heavy equipment can still be heard on local roadways....clearing away debris and clearing out creeks.

Recovery has been a slow process, with five to ten flood-related calls a day still coming into the New Hartford Town Supervisor's office.

On Thursday night, New Hartford residents may get some answers from the town regarding what kind of government assistance is available for cleanup and recovery. Town officials are holding a public meeting tonight to let people know what they can do for them in terms of recovery.

"Well, there's nothing we can do for inside the houses," said Town Supervisor Patrick Tyksinski. "However, what we can do is, we had a state of emergency, so we can get an easement from the people. A lot of people, especially in the Chadwicks area, have suffered large amounts of mud and muck in their backyard. We will be able to go in now as long as we do get an easement from them, go in and remove all that from their backyards."

The meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday night, May 19, 2011 at the Donovan Community Center in Chadwicks. All New Hartford residents are free to attend.

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