Red Cross assists in central New York flooding

By Erika Mahoney

June 29, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The American Red Cross has sent 12 volunteers to help flood victims in central New York.

The volunteers come from western New York and the Finger Lakes region.

They will be assisting at a number of different communities, including opening a shelter at the Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, according to a Red Cross news release.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a briefing Saturday in Herkimer on flood recovery in Mohawk Valley Saturday, saying some nearby homes were destroyed.

"There's a silver lining to these situations and I know it looks terrible," Cuomo said. "They say it's darkest before the dawn. But like communities all across New York, we've been through this before. We come together and we come out of it better than we went into it."

Cuomo said the worst is over, and applauded first responders across the state.