Last night's ice jam in Bellinger Brook in Herkimer didn't cause any property damage but it did bring back some horrible memories. Recovery from the summer flooding has been a long-term, ongoing process. And the jam served as a reminder that disaster could strike again. "This is unheard of, unheard of, absolutely unheard of and after the summer yeah this ice jam had everyone scared around here," said Lorraine Mancuso. She was among those gathered around the jam in Bellinger Brook yesterday--hoping the crews would be able to keep the water contained--so history didn't repeat itself. The Herkimer DPW cleared piles of ice from the brook as water started to spill into surrounding roads. Today, the roads reopened as a final bit of ice was smashed this morning. Lorraine's convinced the DPW's quick work prevented another flood. For those displaced by the flood or still dealing with some kind of loss, the disaster response recovery office of Catholic Charities is there to help. The program started just a month ago. "We are dealing with a population that has dealt with a similar disaster in 2006 so you do feel that sense that people are scared," said Wlhelmina Murry-Davis, program director. As for Lorrain she's keeping a close watch out her back window where the brook runs--she has a clear view, since the home that used to be there was washed away. "It was the most incredible act of nature I think that I have ever seen," she said. That new program run by Catholic Charities expects to help about 500 hundred people in Herkimer and Madison counties. They say they've mainly been getting calls about broken furnaces and mold.
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