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Long Term Flood Recovery Flood Meeting

Summer floods destroyed homes and displaced families. Immediate response efforts came quick but coordinating long term relief is much more complicated. Today people getting together to help flood victims - far too many of them - still in need.

Do YOU need flood relief?
If you live in Herkimer County call Wilhemina Davis at 269-9304.
If you live in Oneida County call Jane Wenham at 527-3671.

Summer floods destroyed homes and displaced families. Immediate response efforts came quick but coordinating long term relief is much more complicated. Today people getting together to help flood victims - far too many of them - still in need. Recovery groups from five different counties were at the workshop today. Representatives from each county telling Eyewitness News the same thing--state funds covered just a portion of people's damages and many are still struggling to get back on their feet.
June 2013--the flood water came, and hundreds of lives were changed.
"It was a big shock, it was a big shock to come home to this," said Dave Pexton.
The response was immediate.
"We were going house to house seeing if they need basic needs of food, cleaning supplies, etcetera," said Major Stanley Newton of the Salvation Army.
That help was temporary--and now months later there's still those without furnaces, without homes, and without help.
"Some folks don't realize there was assistance available under the Governor's program and we need to reach out and find if there are people who are still suffering," said Les Radford of he Herkimer and Oneida Counties Long Term Recovery Group.
The groups--learning from each other as well as state and national reps about disaster response.
The top priority for flood relief in the Oneida Flats is getting people back into their homes that they haven't lived in since this summer.
"I haven't been in my house to stay since June 28th and it's been a good experience and a bad experience," said Dave Pexton.
His home is still a work in progress--with the help of the volunteer group Operation Northern Comfort.
"You can see in the floor how bad it was, it's, it's gone," said Pexton.
With warmer weather on the way, other challenges including mold, will arise for flood victims.
"We got a lot more snow on the ground in Oneida than we've had in several years and if it comes in accompaniment with rain and warm weather we could be right back where we were last yea," said Brian Fellows  of the Oneida City Madison County Long Term Recovery Group.
Despite this, Pexton's looking forward to spring. It means, he'll finally be back home.
"My birthday is in May and Memorial weekend so I hope I can have everyone over and see it," he said.
The first step to take if you are flood victim with unmet needs, is to contact the disaster case-worker for your county:
If you live in Herkimer County call Wilhemina Davis at 269-9304.
If you live in Oneida County call Jane Wenham at 527-3671.

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