Governor Cuomo plans to follow up with the White House after he’s heard nothing about a request he made for federal disaster assistance to aid the Mohawk Valley. Torrential downpours in late June caused extensive flooding. Cuomo returned over the weekend to reassess conditions following the on-going recovery efforts.
Rain overnight before the first day of the Cycling the Erie Canal ride might have worried some riders. But the overcast morning kept everyone cool as the ride got underway Sunday around 8:00 a.m. Riders were in evidence from Texas, Florida, Missouri, California, Toronto, Arizona, as well as neighboring states. Mothers rode alongside teen and younger daughters, couples rode together, adult children coaxed their parents to join them, a boy scout troop sponsored by a church hit the trail. The large group quickly stretched out along the 46-mile first day.
Food, water, and home clean up kits are being handed out to flood victims in Oneida county and the Mohawk Valley. The Salvation Army is helping Central New York families to stabilize and even rebuild after the floods.
When I spoke to Incident Commander Major James Purvis, he was en-route to Oneida with over one thousand meals.