American Red Cross opens bulk distribution sites to help flood victims

The American Red Cross continues to help people affected by recent flooding. The organization is opening bulk distribution sites on Friday in Montgomery and Oneida Counties and in Herkimer and Oneida Counties on Saturday.

The effort will help those whose homes were destroyed or damaged. The Red Cross will provide water and cleanup supplies. Trained volunteers will also be available to offer emotional support. "Getting help into the hands of residents as quickly as possible is the priority of the Red Cross in times of disaster," said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. "From our experience with other major disasters, direct distribution of relief items along with our outreach visits will speed up the recovery efforts for the residents in the affected areas."

The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday:

â?¢ Montgomery County: Haslett Park, Main Street (near Route 5 South), Village of Fort Plain.

â?¢ Oneida County: Village Green, Village of Whitesboro, 8 Park Ave.; Oneida Castle Fire Department, 3989 Sholtz Road, Oneida Castle.

The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:

â?¢ Herkimer County: Remington Arms, 14 Hoefler Ave., Ilion; Mohawk High School, 28 Grove St., Village of Mohawk.

â?¢ Oneida County: Village of Clinton Municipal Building, 3699 State Route 12-B, Clinton.

After the flooding hit, the Red Cross opened shelters in Utica, Oneida, Herkimer and Fort Plain. To date, the Red Cross has provided 298 overnight stays at those shelters.

On Wednesday, the Red Cross closed the shelter at Harry Hoag Elementary School in Fort Plain at 4 p.m., and announced it will close the shelter at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica at 8 a.m. Thursday. The village of Herkimer shelter was closed Monday. The shelter in the city of Oneida will remain open for Madison County residents who had to evacuate their homes.

Since Friday, the American Red Cross has provided more than 15,000 meals and snacks, more than 1,000 clean-up kits and more than 560 comfort kits to New York State residents who have been affected by the flooding.

On Tuesday, CNYCentral partnered with the Red Cross to raise money for the flood victims. The day-long telethon raised more than $36,000. You can still donated by clicking here or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.