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4:23 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Area Red Cross Volunteers Head To Central NY

The American Red Cross is sending several volunteers from the Rochester and Buffalo areas to Central New York to help victims of recent flooding there. There was flooding reported in the Utica area, and especially to the east, throughout the Mohawk Valley on Friday.

In Fort Plain, near Albany, one woman was  reported missing after the floods. On Saturday Governor Cuomo toured areas damaged by the flooding and said a disaster declaration would remain in effect for 15 counties.

The Western New York/ Finger Lakes Chapter of the Red Cross initially sent eight volunteers including some from  Rochester, Pittsford and Dansville to help with tasks related to the flooding including the opening of a shelter at a community college in Utica. Another four volunteers were sent over the weekend.

The deployed volunteers initially reported to the Red Cross regional headquarters in Syracuse to get their assignments.

Anyone who would like to help those impacted by the flooding can donate by visiting www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS .