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The Times
  • Gillibrand makes appeal to DHS secretary for disaster declaration

  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday made a personal appeal to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in support of a major disaster declaration for parts of the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and North Country.

    Gillibrand toured the village of Mohawk on July 1, where she saw the devastation first hand and met with local officials, first responders and business owners.

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  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday made a personal appeal to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in support of a major disaster declaration for parts of the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and North Country.
    Gillibrand toured the village of Mohawk on July 1, where she saw the devastation first hand and met with local officials, first responders and business owners.
    “These floods damaged homes and businesses and swept away infrastructure and farms all the way from the Adirondacks to the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier,” she said. “Our communities are suffering and need every available resource from the federal government without delay so we can clean up, rebuild and stand strong.”
    Specifically, Gillibrand requested approval of New York state’s request for President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster, including Federal Emergency Management Agency individual assistance and public assistance for 15 severely impacted counties, including Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery and Oneida, and hazard mitigation statewide.
    Last week, Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer urged FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to approve New York state’s request for a federal state of emergency declaration in light of the severe flooding after days of heavy rainfall. In their letter, the senators pointed out the power outages and significant damage to businesses, homes and public property clearly warrants the disaster declaration. Also last week, the senators wrote to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to urge the USDA to issue an agriculture disaster declaration and expedite disaster assistance for upstate farmland damaged by flooding.
    Boil water order
    Residents in the village of Mohawk are advised to boil their water.
    Points of distribution
    Distribution points have been set up at the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., where water and cleanup kits are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 state Route 80, Van Hornesville, were water and cleanup kits are available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    American Red Cross, Salvation Army
    The American Red Cross continues to have emergency response vehicles operating in the area to provide food, cleanup and comfort kits and other human services.
    The American Red Cross helpline number is 733-4666.
    The Salvation Army has mobile vehicles operating in the county providing food, water and other human services. Residents may also visit the Salvation Army office at 431 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, for coffee and drinks from 9 a.m. to noon and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The Salvation Army helpline number is 866-1240.
    Town of Herkimer has dumpsters available
    The town of Herkimer has dumpsters available at the town highway garage on Gros Boulevard for town of Herkimer residents to use to dispose of trash caused by the recent flood. For further information call the town office at 866-2690.
    Page 2 of 2 - Deadline for flood debris removal in Herkimer
    Debris removal for flood affected residents in the village of Herkimer will end today at 2 p.m. Residents with debris after today are asked to contact the village office at 866-3303 to be put on a list. Village officials will review the situation accordingly.
    Deadline for flood debris removal in Ilion
    The village of Ilion will discontinue curbside flood damaged item pick up on Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m. If the need arises in the future, the village will pick up on an individual, as needed basis. Any debris or items that are not flood damaged and placed curbside will not be picked up and the resident will be ticketed for illegal dumping.
    Volunteer services
    The Southern Baptist Disaster Hotline is available for those interested in helping residents in Herkimer County who have been affected by flooding. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the recovery efforts, contact 716-796-1656.

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