Seneca County floods: Displaced residents allowed to return home

SENECA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Homeowners who evacuated amid floods in Seneca County this week are allowed to return home, but county officials urge extreme caution if they do so. 

The curfew in Lodi has been suspended, and residents are being allowed to return home, according to Kerry VanAuken with the county's health department. 

The department offered advice and information for those affected by the heavy rains and flooding.

There are Dumpsters at Lodi State Park for residents to dispose of ruined items and trash. Debris from yards should be placed in front of their homes, officials said.

Those who are returning to their homes should take the following precautions:

  • Homeowners should wear gloves, masks for mold, rubber gloves or work gloves and eye protections. 
  • Be cautious due to the expected hot, humid weather. 
  • Those with health conditions should not enter homes, including asthma, heart problems, compromised immune systems and open cuts or wounds. 

Assistance is available at the Lodi Fire Station at 8557 Route 414 in Lodi.

There, homeowners can get answers to insurance questions and get water, dry ice and non-perishable foods from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those items will also be available at the Presbyterian Church on Route 414 in Lodi on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Personal hygiene kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Mental health professionals will be available until 5:30 p.m. for those who are seeking help. Those affected by the flood can also call 211 if they are seeking counseling.


SOURCE: https://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2018/08/seneca_county_floods_displaced_residents_allowed_to_return_home.html

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