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The Times
  • Mid-Town Apartments to host open house, after hours event

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  • It’s taken four months, but Mid-Town Apartments is just about back to normal after the June flood and the public will soon have an opportunity to take a look.
    The Herkimer Housing Authority, in conjunction with the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, will host an Open House-Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Mid-Town Apartments, 315 N. Prospect St.
    The June 28 flood destroyed the building’s entire basement and parking lot, according to Herkimer Housing Authority Executive Director Richard M. Dowe.
    “We had five feet of water in the basement,” he said.
    The building was without elevator service for two weeks. The fire department had to be called to carry some residents with mobility problems down the stairs.
    It took two days to pump out the parking lot and 23 vehicles were lost, according to Dowe.
    While there are no residents housed at the basement level, the HHA offices are located there, along with the community room, kitchen, laundry and maintenance areas. Some residents were temporarily housed at Mohawk Valley Community College. Furniture, computers, washing machines and dryers, maintenance equipment, air conditioning and heating units and other items were all lost in the flood and had to be replaced. Files that were recovered are being dried and restored to the extent possible.
    HHA rented temporary office space from Bruce Ward and operated out of those offices for four months.
    Also displaced was a Meals on Wheels station that operated from a kitchen in the basement at Mid-Town, serving meals to Mid-Town residents and preparing them to go out to Meals on Wheels recipients. On Friday, the kitchen was full of activity as workers prepared to begin preparing meals there once again.
    The Nov. 20 open house will give the staff, commissioners and residents a chance to invite the public in to view the work that has been done and see photos of the flood damage.
    Dowe said HHA is currently working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seek reimbursement for the damages.

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