Officials update neighbors in Oneida as they continue to wait for waters to recede

Oneida residents wait to hear from officials.

Tensions were high as officials in Oneida briefed the public on where they are in the recovery efforts as the city is still reeling from the flooding on Friday.

Several hundred people gathered at City Hall in Oneida to get information, after so many questions have been left unanswered since the flooding happened.

Oneida Mayor A. Max Smith and Fire Chief Gregg Myers addressed the crowd, telling them that they understand their pain and suffering, and are working as hard as they can to get people into their homes to salvage what they can.

Officials told neighbors that they will be re-opening streets in a staggered manner in the next day or so, as they get clearance that there is no danger.

On Sunday, neighbors were allowed to start going into their homes temporarily to gather any necessary items. Since Friday they have been able to stay as late as 8 o'clock in the surrounding area. Authorities say this is to avoid looting and prevent any injuries to the public.

For the time being, neighbors who need immediate assistance are being sent to Church on the Rock, at 119 East Railroad Street.

People are being asked to give their contact information to City Hall in order to streamline the communication process. Once their homes have been cleared and the power has been shut off, they will receive a call telling them they can now be escorted back into their homes.

Meals are also being served out of the Knights of Columbus at 164 Madison Street. These meals have been organized by Kellie Nadeau, a Canastota resident that is helping to meet a need.

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