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DRRO Case Worker Wilhelmina Davis assists flood victim Gary Jones, with Renesmee Jones. In the background is Cyndi Tracy.

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DRRO Case Worker Brandon Ronca fills out paper work Saturday while assisting a Fort Plain flood victim.


DRRO opens 14 new flood-related cases in Fort Plain

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Updated: 10:04 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, case workers from the Catholic Charities of Montgomery and Herkimer Counties' Disaster Response and Recovery Offices met with flood victims from Noon to 7 p.m. in the Fort Plain Reformed Church.

While the event was supposed to kick off at 4 p.m., case workers got off to an early start, and were available to help people all day, opening 14 new cases, which, said disaster response volunteer Cyndi Tracy, far exceeded expectations.

Said Tracy of the turnout, "it's very good, because we thought about five people would come."

Tracy was present at the event "because the people of Fort Plain know me very well, and I acted as a buffer to meeting new people," providing a voice of encouragement for the flood victims, who at this point, have likely been through as much paperwork and question and answer sessions as many of them thought they could possibly handle.

"It's a very positive thing -- a step in the right direction," said Tracy of the DRRO's work in the village, which aims to inform those affected by the flood of existing resources that they may not have known about or utilized. They have contacts all over Montgomery and Herkimer counties, and are knowledgable about how to fill the gaps between funding received so far, and what's still available.

"There are a lot more people that can be helped with their services," Tracy continued, noting that the group is well versed in writing grants. Case Worker Willemena Davis, present on Saturday, is currently taking on landlord cases, said Tracy, noting "there are so many that own homes in the area that are still struggling."

On Friday, 20 students from the Delmar Reformed Church will assist with flood recovery in the village, which will include clearing snow for workers to enter properties, and moving a storage unit from Sprakers to Palatine Bridge, then working in an Abbott St. home.

Tracy said another big group will enter the village to help with flood cleanup work on March 22.

While it was noted by Case Worker Brandon Ronca that more days such as Saturday may be scheduled in the village in the future, there is no date set for further events at this time, though the DRRO will open a case for anybody who contacts them. For more information about how the DRRO can help you, contact Ronca at 441-2435.


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