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      Officials set up Flood Helpline for flood victims to find help

      Washed out railroad tracks in Earlville, near the border of Madison and Chenango counties. / Courtesy Edward Reuter

      New York officials say they have activated a toll-free telephone line that flood victims can call to find help.

      Residents can call for local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety advice, locations for receiving tetanus shots, guidance on dealing with oil spills or power outages, mental health assistance and other recovery needs.

      New York State Flood Helpline number is 1-888-769-7243.

      They advise calling 911 for life threatening emergencies.

      State officials listed nearly three dozen road closures Tuesday from flooding, washouts and mud slides Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Madison, Essex, Cortland and Chenango counties.

      Red Cross shelters were open in Utica, Herkimer and Oneida counties.