OSWEGO, NY – Amid the bitter cold weather, the city of Oswego has been experiencing a significant amount of water main breaks throughout the city and water pipes bursting in the homes of residents.
As families have become displaced, SUNY Oswego has stepped in to assist the city and the American Red Cross in providing shelter and a place of refuge in Laker Hall for those affected by the recent problems.
Oswego city Councilor Billy Barlow acknowledges the assistance provided by the college and noted the growing positive relationship between SUNY Oswego and the city of Oswego.
“It is with the most sincerity that I, on behalf of the city of Oswego and our residents, thank President Deborah Stanley, her staff and the SUNY Oswego community collectively for their assistance to the city during this complicated, trying time,” Barlow said. “The beneficial aspects of having SUNY Oswego within our community were on full display over the recent days and will continue in the days to come.”
Due to the constant cold weather and water troubles across the city, Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen issued a State of Emergency late Wednesday as the Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department and Department of Public Works began to coordinate their response and recovery efforts.
This is also when the American Red Cross and SUNY Oswego stepped in to offer their help.
“The American Red Cross also played a vital role in our response efforts and they are an important asset to our community as well,” Barlow added.
This unified response effort should be a sign of things to come, Barlow said, adding, “The aid in this response effort is the epitome of building and capitalizing on positive relationships and brings to the forefront how fortunate we are to have partners in SUNY Oswego and the American Red Cross.”