SYRACUSE, N.Y. (June 30, 2013) – The Central New York Region of the American Red Cross opened a shelter in Herkimer early Sunday evening for residents of the Mohawk Valley who were displaced from their homes by Friday’s severe flooding.
The shelter is at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Prospect St., Herkimer. The Red Cross is prepared for up to 20 people to spend the night at the shelter and will make the necessary arrangements if more residents arrive.
Earlier Sunday, the Central New York Region closed the shelter it had opened Friday at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica for residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties who had to evacuate their homes because of the flooding in those counties. That shelter was closed because residents no longer needed to stay there.
The Red Cross shelter at the Oneida Family YMCA, 701 Seneca St., Oneida, remains open for Oneida residents who were affected by the flooding.
The shelters in Herkimer and Oneida are being operated by American Red Cross volunteers and staff members who are providing cots, blankets, food, counseling, support and other necessities for the residents. The Red Cross will keep the shelters open until the residents are allowed to return safely to their homes, or have made arrangements to live elsewhere.
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. Monday or 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/chartiable-donations, 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.