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The Times
  • Bono: Recovery funds are vital to community

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.

    Herkimer County is set to receive $4 million in aid.

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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.
    Herkimer County is set to receive $4 million in aid.
    “So many Herkimer County residents have been devastated by the damage caused from recent flooding,” said legislature Chairman Vincent Bono. “The funds that will be available through this program are vital to getting our homeowners, small business community and farmers back up and running. I commend the governor for stepping in and providing this much-needed assistance.”
    Relief will be available as follows:
    • Homeowners may be eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance. Eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations, well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water systems and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards. Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by the floods may also be eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.
    • Small business owners may be eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance. Eligible costs include reimbursement for losses to inventory, equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture, as well as design, construction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood-damaged structures.
    • Farmers or farm operations may be eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance. Eligible costs include emergency funding to help with farm capital repair and replacement needs.
    For more information on the program and application materials visit www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. Affected homeowners, businesses and farms may also call the state flood helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under the flood recovery program. The flood helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
    Boil water advisory remains in effect
    A boil water advisory remains in effect for the village of Mohawk.
    Water, cleanup kits available in Mohawk, Van Hornesville
    Water and cleanup kits are available at the Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., Mohawk, and Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 state Route 80, Van Hornesville. The Mohawk site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Van Hornesville site is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Salvation Army continues to provide food
    Residents may 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. For more information call 866-1240.
    Cooling station open in Herkimer
    The American Red Cross has opened a cooling station at Frank J. Basloe Library, 245 N. Main St., Herkimer. The cooling station will be open during library hours. For more information call 733-4666.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fairfield to discuss borrowing money for repairs
    The Fairfield Town Council will conduct a special meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall on Hardscrabble Road to discuss borrowing money to repair roads damaged by the floods.
    Debris removal returns to pre-storm conditions
    Trash services are operating on pre-storm conditions. For information on a municipality’s debris removal procedures, contact the municipal supervisor or Department of Public Works. For information on those individuals visit herkimercounty.org/content/Generic/View/5.
    Dumpsters available for town of Herkimer residents
    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 damage. For more information call the town office at 866-2690.
    Hotline for individuals looking to volunteer
    The Southern Baptist Disaster Hotline is available for those interested in helping residents in Herkimer County who have been affected by severe weather and flooding. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the recovery efforts is asked to call 716-796-1656.
    Power restoration continues
    Power restoration is continuing throughout the region. In the village of Mohawk, there will be low energy levels for some time. Use power sparingly and only for essential purposes. Essentials include hot water heaters, lights and refrigerators (no air conditioners).
    For information about the inspection program call 1-800-260-0054.
    To request a “relight” of gas services or a “turn on” of electric call 1-800-642-4272.
    Particle masks available
    Due to the levels of dust and pollen released by the floods, particle masks are available for residents. Masks may be obtained from the Herkimer Fire Department, 125 N. Washington St., Herkimer; Mohawk Fire Department, 28 Columbia St., Mohawk; Ilion Municipal Building, 49 Morgan St., Ilion; Little Falls Fire Department, 659 E. Main St., Little Falls, and the Herkimer Town Office, 114 N. Prospect St., Herkimer.
    Herkimer Co. flood helpline
    The Herkimer County flood helpline is available by calling 574-3011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. Staff will provide non-emergency information for activities occurring on a county level such as distribution points for food and water, ways to volunteer and how to sign up for assistance from volunteer services. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911.

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