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      CNY Central raises $36,000 in Red Cross telethon

      CNY Central and the American Red Cross partnered Tuesday to raise money for the Disaster Relief Fund, in the wake of widespread flooding in central New York.

      The final total: $36,170. To give you some perspective, The Red Cross says $1,000 can: provide 100 people with 1 hot meal each during a disaster. It can also provide 50 people with 2 hot meals (lunch and dinner) during a disaster. $1,000 can also provide 50 families with 1 Red Cross clean-up kit each to begin recovery immediately after a disaster.

      Areas in eastern Central New York, especially cities and towns along the Mohawk River, are just beginning to recover from devastating flooding that washed through the area on Friday.

      Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a disaster declaration Friday afternoon for 15 counties, including Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida. On Monday, Cuomo requested that President Barack Obama issue a major disaster declaration for the state of New York.

      Madison County also declared a State of Emergency due to flooding across the county and in the City of Oneida. An 8:00 p.m. curfew is in effect, through at least Tuesday, for Oneida to prevent injuries and looting.

      The Red Cross has established shelters at the Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and at the YMCA in the City of Oneida. The shelters are providing cots, blankets, food and counseling. Volunteers and staff members from the Central New York and Mohawk Valley Red Cross chapters are running the shelters.

      The Red Cross says it will keep the shelters open until the people using them are allowed to return safely to their homes, or have made arrangements to live somewhere else.

      You can donate to the Red Cross at RedCross.org.