The Central New York Region of the American Red Cross opened a shelter at the YMCA in the city of Oneida early Friday evening for Oneida residents who were displaced from their homes by Friday’s severe flooding.
The shelter is at the Oneida Family YMCA at 701 Seneca St., Oneida. The Red Cross is prepared for up to 30 people to spend the night at the shelter and will make the necessary arrangements if more residents arrive.
Earlier Friday, the Red Cross opened a shelter at the Jorgensen Center at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica for residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties who had to evacuate their homes because of major flooding across those counties. At least 80 residents are expected to spend the night at that shelter, and the Red Cross is prepared to accommodate additional residents if needed.
Both shelters will be operated by American Red Cross volunteers and staff members from the Central New York and Mohawk Valley chapters who will provide 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.
“Volunteers and staff members from the Central New York and Mohawk Valley chapters have combined their manpower and resources to meet the needs of the communities affected by the flooding,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the Central New York Region. “During this unsettling time, the residents know they can turn to us for a place to stay, a bite to eat and a shoulder to lean on.”
Residents from Oneida and Herkimer counties who require transportation to the shelter at Mohawk Valley Community College should call the Herkimer County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center at (315) 866-0974 and they will be transferred to someone who will make the travel arrangements.
Anyone interested in supporting the Red Cross shelters can make a donation at www.redcross.org, 1-800-RED CROSS, or through the Central New York or Mohawk Valley chapters.
Central New York Chapter: 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13202, or (315) 234-2200.
Mohawk Valley Chapter: 1415 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501, or (315) 733-4666.
For more information on what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit our Flood Safety page.