HERKIMER, N.Y. – Local Herkimer County officials and emergency workers met at Herkimer College Tuesday to discuss flood relief and cleanup after heavy rains flooded most of the county Halloween night.
The officials say they’re receiving calls from people in the county who have no heat, flooded homes, and no access to and from their homes due to damaged roadways.
Those who have suffered damage to their homes should call 211, although there may be a wait time due to the volume of calls.
While officials are deploying county resources to assist people in a timely manner, they know many towns and villages are ill-equipped to deal with damage of this magnitude.
“This is well beyond the scope of our capabilities and that's why there's such a large number of State agencies, and we're very thankful for their help. The big thing is being organized and getting everybody on the same page so we can get people what they need as quickly as possible,” said John Raymond, director of emergency services for Herkimer County.
The group is working to assess whether or not they've reached the threshold for state and federal relief.