Following CNY floods, NY Air National Guard responds

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Whitesboro undergoes clean-up, locals vy for FEMA assistance

ONEIDA COUNTY–Camouflage took over Whitesboro, Wednesday, as members of the New York Air National Guard carried debris from flooded homes and sought the salvageable.

“This was the first time I’ve seen them come, and I was very surprised to see them. But they have been doing a great job,” Sarah Yauger said; a resident who has been impacted by Sauquoit Creek flooding in years past.

Around 70 pairs of boots were on the ground in Whitesboro, mid-week, after historic flooding hammered the Mohawk Valley late last week, according to New York Air National Guard Major Scott Tracy.

Whitesboro was among the hardest-hit areas across Central New York.

Village Mayor Robert Friedlander says flooding hit 150 homes, and 16 are currently unsalvageable following damages.

“I welcome anybody from the federal government; for FEMA to come to my office. I have not yet seen any assistance,” Friedlander said.

A FEMA spokesperson told Eyewitness News they will assess area damage once New York completes their own assessments.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services says they are in the process of tallying up damage totals in Herkimer County, and will soon move on to Oneida County.

The “Division remains in constant contact with FEMA to push for an expedited review on the federal side, once assessments are completed,” Colin Brennan, a spokesperson for NYDHSES, said.

In order for New York to qualify for a FEMA disaster declaration, statewide damage assessments must amount to near-$30 million.

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