on Saturday, 19 April 2014.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited Lewis County yesterday to get a first-hand look at the flood damage. The Senator toured a farm in Castorland & urged the USDA to issue a secretarial disaster declaration for Lewis and St. Lawrence counties due to the severe flooding, which has caused a widespread displacement of cattle and loss of feed and milk. The disaster declaration would make emergency low-interest loans from the USDA immediately available to impacted farmers in Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties, as well as any county that borders either of them. Some of the farmers in the flood areas transported their animals to the Lewis County Fairgrounds, where they were kept in the livestock barns. Now that the flood waters are receding, Lewis County officials say that the next step is dealing with contamination and debris. Lewis County Public Health is offering tetanus shots for anyone who has come into contact with flood waters and warning about well contamination. County officials also state that they have to wait until the water fully recedes until they can decide what equipment is needed to clean up the debris, adding that the state is in contact with the county EMS office and they are ready to ask for assistance.
A 41 year old Boonville man was charged with DWI. State Police in Remsen report that David Crofoot was charged after he was traveling on State Route 12D when he exited the roadway and came to rest in a pond. Crofoot was discovered to allegedly be intoxicated and submitted to a breath test that resulted in a 0.15% Blood/Alcohol Content. He was issued tickets for DWI and failure to keep right, which are returnable to the Town of Boonville Court on May 13th.
A 21 year old Harrisville man is in jail in New Jersey. Authorities report that James Jeffrey allegedly put a knife to the throat of a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Matawan in which he demanded money andcigarettes. He also allegedly robbed a taxicab driver at knife point in nearby Aberdeen, taking cash, a cell phone and the victim's wallet before fleeing on foot. Jeffrey is in Monmouth County jail on $300,000 bail.
Congressman Bill Owens has called on the US Department of Agriculture to provide any appropriate assistance to North Country counties affected by recent flooding. A USDA disaster declaration would make low-interest emergency loans available to affected farmers. High water levels combined with additional heavyprecipitation and snow melt have led to severe flooding, especially around rivers and creeks. Infrastructure and property have been affected including damage to farm equipment, displacement of cattle and the loss of feed stocks. Locations in and around Essex, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties have seen moderate to severe flooding in recent weeks.
Lewis County Office for the Aging and Lewis County General Hospital are teaming up to bring a special heart education program to the seniors of Lewis County. This education program will be held on April 25th from 1:30-2:30pm in the John C. Hermann Conference Room on the 1st Floor of the Medical Arts Building at Lewis County General Hospital. The program will provide information about heart disease and stroke prevention,geared toward the senior population but relative to all. This event is open to the public but space is limited. Please contact the Lewis County Office for the Aging at 376-5313 to reserve a seat.
on Friday, 18 April 2014.
Anyone affected by the flood, flood volunteers, and first responders are encouraged to come to Lowville Mennonite Church, 7705 Ridge Road, Lowville today from 5-8 PM. There will be a Tetanus Vaccination, Drinking Water Distribution, Contaminated Well Water Information & Education and Home Contamination Information and Education Available. Please call Lewis County Public Health for more information at 376-5453.
Here is the current list of road closures in Lewis County:
Ridge Road – Closed
East Martinsburg Road from Bealuck Rd to No. 4 Road – Closed
Denning Road Closed
Henry Road – Closed
Zecher Road – Closed
Merz Road – Closed
Steam Mills Bridge Only in Harrisville - Closed
VanAmber Road Bridge over Beaver River - Closed
Local News for 4/19/14
Schumer tours flood damage
Boonville man charged with DWI
Harrisville man arrested in New Jersey
Owens calls for USDA assistance for flood victims
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