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City residents and officials discuss flood recovery efforts in Oneida

<b>Monday Update:</b> Another public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main St. in Oneida.
Monday Update: Another public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main St. in Oneida.

Oneida (WSYR-TV) - On Sunday, city, state and county officials held an open meeting in Oneida with residents and the media to discuss flood recovery efforts.

The meeting was held on the second floor of Oneida City Hall on North Main Street.

Many in Oneida, Madison and Herkimer Counties are struggling with the aftermath of Friday's floods.

Several people are still not able to get back into their homes.  Others have returned to find mud caked on their floors and walls.

There was a big turnout at Sunday's meeting.  Some city residents were unhappy with the pace of the help and even how to get it.

Acting Mayor of Oneida Max Smith said they are working to get streets open as quickly as possible but he says many homes still have gas and electricity running to them and its just not safe for people to return.

He says as the water goes down, they will get areas cleaned up so National Grid crews can go in and do their inspections.

Only then can people go back.

Smith said they do have a system in place so people who need to, can enter their homes for essentials, like medications.

Officials are also keeping an 8:00 p.m. curfew in effect for the safety of the empty homes and personal items.

Congressman Richard Hanna was also at the briefing today and said his office has already written to the Governor and President in regards to FEMA aid help.

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