BATH, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – Local officials in Steuben County are urging residents to stop bringing household items and material goods to the Woodhull Town Hall in the wake of last week’s flooding, according to the Director of Public Safety. The center, which has become a hub for items donated to the local community, has becoming overwhelmed with donations of items, Timothy D. Marshall said in a news release late Thursday.
“We know people are well-meaning, but this is not what is needed right now,” said Tim Marshall, Steuben County Director of Public Safety. “Monetary donations or gift cards are encouraged to help residents who will need to purchase new water heaters, furnaces, construction materials, or pay for electrical work at their homes,” Marshall said.
United Way of the Southern Tier is collecting monetary donations to the “Steuben County Flood Response Fund” to assist non-profit agencies that are helping local flood victims.
Donations can be sent to:
United Way of the Southern Tier
P.O. Box 284
Elmira, NY 14902
Make checks payable to “UWST Steuben County FRF.”
All donations to United Way of the Southern Tier for the Steuben County Flood Response Fund will be fully invested in flood relief with no monies withheld for administrative costs, according to United Way President and CEO Stephen M. Hughes.
Donations can also be made to:
Community Church of Woodhull
5185 West Main Street
Woodhull, NY 14898
Any individual with damages needing assistance can reach out to the 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 and providing their address, contact information and type of damages. This helps to document the needs and provides work to the volunteer agencies.
County Officials report that the following roads are still closed in Steuben County.
State Route 417 from County Route 81 in Woodhull east to Addison Village Line
(6158-7939 SR 417)
State Route 417/36 Concurrent Section in Jasper
(3407-3745 SR 417)
State Route 36 is reduced to a Single Lane from County Route 119 south to Bush Hill Rd in Town of Canisteo
(5250-5323 SR 36)
County Route 129, Town of Woodhull
5500-5570 County Route 129
County Route 31, Town of Jasper
3579-3593 County Route 31
Many local town roads are also severely damaged and caution should be used if driving in these areas. Travelers should follow posted detours and check 511NY.org for more information.
This is still an active Disaster Area. No Unnecessary travel is ordered in these townships. Do not travel in this area unless you have a specific business there. This will allow the road crews and organized volunteers to do their work.Timothy D. Marshall, CEM
Director of Public Safety
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services/E-911