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Oneida County offering $1 million in assistance to flood victims

A road that was washed out in the Town of Salisbury in Herkimer County

A state of emergency remains in effect in parts of the Mohawk Valley, after heavy rains Thursday night and early Friday led to severe flooding across parts of Oneida and Herkimer counties.

Dozens of homes were evacuated during the flooding, and some roads remain closed. One person, 80-year-old Thomas Connery, died in the flooding. Connery was priest in the Diocese of Albany.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced over the weekend that $1 million would be available for flooding victims, $500,000 of it being set aside for home and business owners to help with cleanup and repair costs. The other $500,000 will be available as a 50/50 match for municipalities to help their cleanup efforts. Municipalities can apply for funding by contacting the Oneida County Department of Public Works.

Flood victims can apply for funding at emergency service centers that will be set up in the most heavily impacted areas, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Victims can also call the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties at 315-735-8212.

The locations of the emergency service centers are:

  • Whitesboro Fire Department, 171 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro
  • West Canada Creek Estates,12275 State Route 28, Poland (Town of Deerfield)
  • Willowvale Fire Department, 3459 Oneida St., Chadwicks
  • The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, 2608 Genesee St., Utica

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