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thanks Don..will pass along.

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Yet more resources courtesy of Catholic Charities:

I know that many of you and your families and friends have been impacted by the recent flooding and I just want you to know that we are here for you and will be joining with the rest of our community to help as much as we can. I would like to recognize the many staff who helped our agency and clients through this terrible disaster. They helped to secure our residences and agency facilities, reached out to and helped our clients and came in to offer help on Sunday at our pantries. These are but a few examples but I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you who were there for us and continue to help in this time of need.

For your information, we did have some flooding in some of our residences but everyone was safely evacuated and given the degree of this disaster, we feel very blessed. We have been busy on errands of mercy and will continue for some time to come in these efforts.

Tomorrow, September 15, we are opening up five relief centers:

Binghamton - St. Mary’s Center

Hawley St.

10am - 1p.m. Monday-Friday

Kirkwood - St. Mary’s Church Hall

975 Rt. 11, Kirkwood

12-3p.m. Monday-Friday

Johnson City - Oakdale Mall ( former Burger King site near Macy's)

Reynolds Rd, Johnson City

3p.m.-7p.m. Monday – Friday

12-3 p.m. Saturday

Endicott - St. Ambrose Gym

202 Garfield Ave., Endicott

12-3p.m. Monday –Friday

Vestal - Our Lady of Sorrows

801 Main St., Vestal

12-3p.m. Monday-Friday

Items available will include: food and water, personal care products, diapers, baby formula, wipes, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves and paper products.

To register for FEMA: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

Other sites to be aware of for help:

DR-4031 www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=1573
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Information about the designation of New York counties www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?i
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Local Broadcasters Flood Relief 2011 www.floodrelief2011.org

County flood relief page (in development)
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If you would like to volunteer to help our in our community, you can register at www.211helpline.org

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thanks for the resources Don. :)

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Newly back to town, having missed Mother Nature's travesties, but passing these resources along belatedly anyway as I'm sure it's going to be a tough climb back for those impacted by the flooding.

These are resources both for those in need and those who are able to help:

»The Conklin Presbyterian Church, 1175 Conklin Road , Conklin will provide food to flood victims and volunteers, accept donations and coordinate efforts. Volunteers should bring their own tools. Donations of food, cleanup supplies and tools can be taken the Conklin Presbyterian Church beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. They need: sump pumps, generators, heavy-duty contractor garbage bags, work lights, flashlights, work gloves, flat edge shovels, n95 dust masks, safety goggles, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, wheel barrows, fans, dehumidifiers, large round buckets with rope handles, rags and shop towels, five-gallon buckets, brushes, garden hoses, flat-edge pry bars, hammers, utility knives, bottled water and food. Donors are asked not to bring any clothing or furniture donations. For more information, contact Greg Jenkins at gljoutdoors@aim.com.

» The First Baptist Church of Johnson City, 1321 Reynolds Road , is distributing water, clothing and other items. They are a designated Red Cross distribution center. They need: bleach, paper plates and cups, new children’s socks and underwear (in the package), new bath towels, new blankets, new pillow, paper towels, new work gloves/rubber gloves, masks, cleaning supplies, mops, garbage bags, personal care items (denture supplies, shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste) non-perishable food and dog and cat food. Drop donations off at the church. They are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, go to www.fbjc.org.

» United Way of Broome County is accepting monetary donations. Checks may be sent to United Way of Broome County , P.O. Box 550 , Binghamton , N.Y. 13902-0550 . Checks should be made payable to United Way of Broome County , with “Flood relief – Sept. 2011” on the memo line of the check. Donations also can be made online by clicking the “GIVE NOW” button on United Way ’s website, www.unitedwaybroome.org. Donations will be used to aid Broome County victims in the long-term rebuilding of their lives and will be available after any insurance, FEMA funds, and other special assistance grants they receive have been spent.

» Broome Community College’s Student Activities is collecting items at 11 in the SA Café, Science 106 on campus in the Town of Dickinson. They need: clothing (new), socks and underwear (in packaging), shoes, baby items, clean used clothes and outwear, diapers and wipe, blankets and pillows (new), toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizers, clean-up items, latex gloves, masks, heavy-duty black plastic bags and bottled water.

»The Vestal Teachers’ Association and Association of Vestal School Paraprofessionals are coordinating a flood relief distribution center at the United Methodist Church, 328 Main St., Vestal. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. They need: diapers, formula, bleach, buckets, mops, new socks and underwear (all sizes), rubber gloves, sponges, toiletries, including shampoo, soap, deodorant, towels and wash cloths.

» GHS Federal Credit Union is collecting supplies to be donated to flood victims from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its main office on Front Street and its downtown office at 105 Court St. in Binghamton. They’re collecting cleaning supplies, bleach, gloves, face masks, wipes, hand sanitizer, sponges, new pillows, new blankets, new undergarments in the package, nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products, garbage bags and baby supplies.

» First Presbyterian Church at Temple Street in Owego is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. They offer food, water, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, pet food and supplies, clean up kits and more.

» Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Church at 729 Main St. in Vestal is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering non-perishable food, water, blankets and cleaning supplies.

» Twin Orchards Baptist Church at 3701 Vestal Road is handing out free flood supplies, including bottled water, toiletries, snack foods, juice, milk, emergency blankets, bleach, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other items. They will be helping people from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until supplies run out.

» The insurance company Nationwide will have a humanitarian relief team from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Vestal Walmart to provide aid to storm victims. The team will have water, ice and personal care items.

» WSKG Pubic Broadcasting, along with WBNG-TV, WICZ-TV and WIVT-TV will host special programming to help local flood victims. On Wednesday, WSKG Broadcasting, WBNG, WICZ and WIVT will host the Local Broadcasters Flood Relief 2011, a telethon, from 7 to 10 p.m. with programming simulcast on WSKG and WSQX Radio.WSKG Radio will be fund-raising from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a two-hour call-in show from 2 to 4 p.m.

» The Bandera Family and Community Alliance, Inc. are sponsoring a free spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. until all are served on Wednesday and from 4 p.m. until all are served on Thursday at American Legion Post 80, 76 Main St., Binghamton. Flood victims, first responders, clean-up crews and their families are welcome to come. For more information, or to volunteer or donate food, call (607) 591-4718.

» Temple Concord is sponsoring a free dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at its 9 Riverside Drive facility Binghamton . Flood victims, first responders, cleanup crews and their families are welcome to come.

» Binghamton University ’s Financial Aid and Student Records Office is collecting toiletries and non-perishable food for its food pantry. Items can be dropped off at the Office of Financial Aid and Student Records, SW-119, during business hours.

» Mother Teresa's Cupboard, 202 Garfield Ave. , Endicott (former St. Ambrose School ). They need: food, diapers (especially sizes 4-6) hygiene products, cleaning supplies including bleach, disinfectants, Lysol wipes, paper towels, personal items including soap, toothpaste, toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant and other items. The Cupboard is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

» Laundry service at the Laundromat on Watson Boulevard in Endwell. Volunteers will do laundry for families from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. This includes washing and/or drying. They need: laundry detergent, bleach, and quarters.

» The Salvation Army needs volunteers to distribute cleanup kits and to help families clean out their houses in Broome and Tioga counties. To volunteer, call the Binghamton Salvation Army at (607)722-3059 or go to the Salvation Army at 127 Washington St. , Binghamton .

» Our Saviour Lutheran Church at 731 Hooper Road, Endwell, will distribute adults and children clothing from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

» Cash donations, non-perishable food, paper products and disposable plastic utensils can be donated to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse at 3 Otseningo St. in Binghamton . Also needed are rubber gloves, masks, shovels, garbage cans, buckets and contractor bags. Cash donations can be made out to CHOW with "2011 Flood Relief" in the memo line of the check.

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thanks! and glad you're doign well. :)

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Hello all! Our house is fine. We have been very busy....my husband is a Vestal Fire Man and I'm on the BCART (Broome County Animal Response Team). And now I have a stupid cold!!!! We have saved over 200 animals so far. It's terrible...but amazingly (according to the news reports) not one person died.

If you use Facebook and like animals, friend BCART to keep up to date on what is going on regarding animals.

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thanks Don.. Can we sticky this thread so it's easy to get to?

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It's a little late NOW, however, Kim Komando recently posted a helpful resource which might bear review for us in prep for who-knows-WHAT-might-be-around-the-corner:

Free emergency planning tools

www.komando.com/downloads/category.a
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"It's a sad fact that emergencies can strike at any time. In the past month, the East Coast was hit with an earthquake, hurricane and flooding. A fast-moving wildfire in Texas has destroyed more than 126,000 acres and 1,600 homes. At least four people have died.

Sometimes you'll get early warning for an emergency; other times you won't. Either way, you want to be prepared well in advance. Not having a disaster plan can increase your danger or even lead to death.

A disaster can knock out communication and basic services. You might be cut off from help or supplies. You need to have a backup plan in place. Fear not; these free services can help you create an emergency plan and get through a disaster."

Check the above link for all the resources.

Don

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well if anyone needs a shop va if you need to use it. :)

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Thanks Gwen - hope things are a little less stressful at your place today!

Back to work today & found that one of my former managers pretty much lost everything. She only had water in her basement in 2006 but had to be rescued this time. Some of us will be trying to get together tomorrow to help her with cleanup. There were also quite a few people who live in the Village of Owego who came to work mainly to let everyone know they are OK, use the gym showers, get something to eat and drink, and charge their communication devices before going back to cleanup.

I couldn't find a mop anywhere....

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hoping everyone is doing well today.. and Varmint.. take care of youself! :)

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Glad to hear so many made it through relatively unscathed. We're fine too. At the moment, the biggest losses we have are at the horse farm - a bag of horse treats and a first aid kit. All the horses at the farm made it and are very happily muddy. Our basement got an unplanned remake (carpet got soaked by seepage from below). DD is getting stir crazy and can't wait to have her second day of second grade (actually first full day since they cancelled early on Wed. - seems like a million years ago!)

I have been fighting a sinus infection and not working out much, but I've also forgotten to eat two or three times (almost unheard of for me LOL!) - working so hard to get the basement cleared out that I don't realize how long it's been since I've eaten until I get lightheaded. I realize that's not healthy either, but so unlike the way I usually cope with stress that I'm a little "at sea" trying to figure out what to do about it! I guess even though it's not technically "good", it is a kind of progress for me?

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thanks don!

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Good to hear from you Gwen and that you were spared the worst of it...!

Here's a note from one of our bike club members, who really got hit horribly (I took out the identifying info):

"When you're out riding, you might want to check out where I live. The corner of ___ is under water, and my whole end of __________ St is, also.Of course, you can't get down my street. I've lived there my whole life, as most of you know, and we have never been totally flooded out before. What a nightmare! The sick part is that we just had the whole inside of our house totally remodeled, all of the floors refinished, and painted through-out. We haven't gotten in the house yet, because, we can't get to it without a boat. This isn't an easy time for anyone. So, best of luck to others that are going through the same nightmare."

Take care out there everyone! PLEASE give a holler if there is ANYTHING we can offer!

Don

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HI all.. I'm back at home. :) stayed at a friends after we got the pounding knock to leave.. my house is 100% Ok.. other than a couple of small streams while it was raining.. no biggy.. I will say we were very lucky.. the rive crested the birm wall 1 block to the left of me and flooded a neighborhood park right up to the vestal ave bridge.. if we had gotten more rain liek they had predicted.. it would've crested the birm wall 3 streets behind me.. our HS which is not even a 1/2 mile from me is flooded horribly... across the street.. our shopping center flooded right up to the houses right in front of me.. so my house was an island for thos 2 days.. but all looks well and i'm happy to be home.. if anyone needs anything we have power... and clean hot water for a little bit as we weren't home to use what was in then tank. Be safe everyone.

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Such dire times for so many!

Thx for the update Julie! Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers!

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I'm good. Housed 3 evacuees last night. No hot water but we're dry and have power. I was VERY fortunate to have a friend come over to help me pump out my basement numerous times. The hot water heater should dry out today and hopefully get lit.

Gwen is at a friends. They have had no gas or electric and may be stuck there a few days, but they're safe. As far as I know her house should be ok.

I do have many friends that likely lost everything, but we won't know for awhile.

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Thanks for starting this thread. I'm up in the hills of Kirkwood thankfully safe and dry. Where I work down on Wall St. may be not faring so well.

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Welp, judging from the river levels, there is at least 3 feet of water in the 1st floor of our house so far. We are safe at my mother's, just waiting. We have wonderful friends and kids and were able to get everything out of the 1st floor before we took off.

Right now I'm trying not to pig out on Mom's "comfort" cookies! However, I know that within a few days, I'll be working it off! Gonna have to get some rubber boots......

Thanks for starting this. How is everyone else faring?

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Julie has room at her house, I believe Gwen is at a friend's house. Thanks Don for starting this.

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I hope every one of our members of Binghamton Area Losers is safe and sound out there!

But I realize given the widespread nature of our catastrophe that may not be the case!

Given this, I thought it might be helpful to have a place for us to: A) Share our crisis and need for help and B) share our availability to assist and offer support to others.

Please, if anyone out there is in need of help, consider sharing your needs here and anyone that is available to assist, let your fellow local Sparkers know!

Together we can prevail through our adversities with much less pain and grief!

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