Red Cross Closes Shelter in Herkimer, Reopens Shelter in Utica

The shelter in Utica is at the Jorgensen Center at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 1, 2013) – Due to more flooding Monday in Herkimer County, the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross has closed its shelter in the village of Herkimer and will reopen its shelter in Utica at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The shelter in Utica is at the Jorgensen Center at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica. The shelter is open to all Mohawk Valley residents who have had to evacuate their homes because of the severe flooding since Friday. On Monday, additional residents of Herkimer County were displaced from their homes as heavy rains caused more flooding in those areas.

Meanwhile in the city of Oneida, the Red Cross shelter that opened Friday night remains open for residents who have been affected by the flooding. That shelter is at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, 701 Seneca St., Oneida. Madison County residents who have been displaced from their homes and need to use the shelter should go directly to the shelter or call 315-363-2900 for more information.

HOW TO HELP

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer and helping the victims of the floods in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties can visit the Central New York Region office at 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday to fill out the necessary paperwork. Residents who can’t make it during those hours should call the office at (315) 234-2200 during regular business hours to make other arrangements.

To make a financial donation, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or send a donation directly to the Central New York Region at 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202.

For more information on what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit our Flood Safety page.