Oneida Police set up checkpoint to allow residents back into homes

Police set up a checkpoint in Oneida Tuesday afternoon

The City of Oneida has set up a checkpoint at the intersection of Walnut and Wilbur streets to allow people to drive back into the flood-damaged neighborhoods.

Oneida Police and Fire personnel are keeping a checklist of residentsâ?? names. Your name must be on the list in order to get past the checkpoint.

Several professional cleaning companies have arrived in the city to assist with cleanup, and a tow truck company has also removed several cars damaged by the floods.

Making matters worse, police are checking people into the neighborhood during a steady downpour.

CNY Central Meteorologist Peter Hallâ??s forecast says â??Areas of thick fog, some mist, and low clouds will take time to burn off. Clouds will mix with sunshine today. While activity will not be all day and will not be as widespread as yesterday, the scattered showers and thunderstorms that do form will have some localized heavier downpours. We will need to monitor exactly where those heavier localized downpours occur, because further isolated flash flooding will be possible. Stay tuned for warnings or advisories. Wind: Variable 5-10 MPH.â??

The City of Oneida and all of Madison County remain under a state of emergency as of Tuesday afternoon. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the YMCA on Seneca Street. An 8:00 p.m. curfew is also in effect for the city.