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Long Term Flood Recovery Group To Hold Open Meeting Wednesday

Although the summer floods are behind us and it seems snowfall is on everyone's mind, the victims who lost their homes, businesses and personal belongings are still recovering from the flooding. That’s why volunteers have formed a long-term recovery group that’s been growing over the past few months.
Although the summer floods are behind us and it seems snowfall is on everyone's mind, the victims who lost their homes, businesses and personal belongings are still recovering from the flooding. That’s why volunteers have formed a long-term recovery group that’s been growing over the past few months.
HOOAD, which stands for Herkimer Oneida Organizations Active in Disaster started as just a small grassroots group of volunteers. It has grown tremendously in size and Wednesday the group is holding an open meeting to announce their two new disaster case managers.
HOOAD is holding a public meeting Wednesday. Two representatives from NYS Homes & Community Renewal will be at the meeting to answer questions about the state flood recovery process and status. The group has held meetings in the past to help flood victims learn about the recovery process and other issues that can arise such as mold.
Wednesday they will introduce the case workers who will be available to assist residents in Oneida and in Herkimer. Hiring the two case managers has been a goal of the group's for about a year now. HOOAD representatives say the long term needs of flood victims are different than the short term.
"So, initially, I think they're looking for that help and people coming alongside of them to give them the support that they need. Long term, I think they're looking for people to help give them the guidance and direction of where to find the resources and the assistance that they need to get their life back together."
United Way will update the 2013 flood recovery fund amounts awarded to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County and Catholic Charities of Oneida-Madison counties. The Catholic Charity groups hired the two disaster case managers.
The meeting is happening at Annunciation Church Parish Center in Ilion. It will be open to the public and starts at 2 pm.

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