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Flooding Update

Flooding Update

Governor Andrew Cuomo has deployed 250 National Guard members to help with recovery efforts in the flood-damaged Mohawk Valley region. Meanwhile, the state has activated a toll-free telephone line that flood victims can call to find help.  The number is       1-888-769-7243.

In Madison County:

The Town of Deruyter remains under a state of emergency on Wednesday. A travel  ban was lifted on Tuesday and Route 13 has reopened, but several roads remain closed: Carey, Dublin, Muler Hill, Chaplain, Fairbanks, Arnold and Wood Roads. There's a "No Wake" order on DeRuyter Lake at least through the July 4th weekend.

Town of Deruyter State of Emergency Update

DeRuyter, NY – July 3, 2013 The state of emergency, first issued by Supervisor Degear on Monday remains in place today (Wednesday) due to numerous town roadways still not safe to travel. Town roadways closed to traffic are: Carey Road, Dublin Road, Muller Hill Road, Chapman Road, Fairbanks Road, Arnold Road, and Wood Road (from Woodstead Farms south to Paradise Hill Road). Many roads that are now open to traffic, including State Route 13, sustained significant shoulder damage and/or had water crossing the roadway resulting in slippery conditions – motorists are asked to take caution while driving through the affected areas.

The waters on DeRuyter Lake are at a high level this (Wednesday) morning. Supervisor Degear, at the request of the lake association, issued a No Wake order. This order will remain in effect through the July 4 weekend and until waters have returned to normal levels.

The DeRuyter Town Board held an emergency meeting last evening to meet with NYS DOT officials and to discuss the financing road repairs. Supervisor Degear spent the day on Tuesday traveling the town with County and New York State Office of Emergency Management officials. “I am appreciative of all the support we have received from the County, the State, and our neighboring towns,” said Degear, “Everyone from the Governor’s office, Congressman Hanna’s office, to Madison County administration has been extremely helpful, I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for your help.” Following phone conversations with Governor Cuomo and Congressman Hannah, Degear feels DeRuyter has an excellent chance to receive FEMA aid. The Town Board authorized a $500,000.00 Bond Anticipation Note to cover Town road damages which will be completely paid in full if FEMA aid comes through.

In the city of Oneida, FEMA completed its damage  assessment tour on Tuesday to determine whether federal aid will be granted. Senator Charles Schumer planned to tour the city Wednesday and will call for federal aid to repair damage. An 8 p.m. curfew remains in effect in Oneida, where about 30 percent of flood victims still can't return to their homes. A Boil Water  Advisory is in effect.  

Oneida City Mayor Max Smith told 570 WSYR that he understands the frustration of some city residents are the slow pace of cleanup, but mother nature seems to be causing the problems. Smith says everytime a basement is pumped, more water rushes in. Dozens of dumpsters have been placed throughout the city for  residents to get rid of waterlogged possessions. Front end loaders are available for heavier items.

Red Cross Shelters are still open at the Mohawk Valley Community Center in Herkimer and the YMCA on Seneca Street in Oneida. Both the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are operating mobile feeding stations.

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