AuSABLE FORKS - The town of Jay has set up an account to help town residents who suffered losses as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
Checks can be made payable to the "Town of Jay Irene Relief Fund," and can be mailed to the Town of Jay, P.O. Box 730, AuSable Forks, NY 12912. Donations can also be dropped off at the Community Center on School Lane, AuSable Forks.
The kitchen at the Community Center is still open, and serving meals to affected residents, Army National Guard members, state police and volunteers, according to a press release from the town. Donations of food items are still needed. No more clothing items are needed at this time.
Meals are also available at the Brookside Motor Inn in Upper Jay, according to the email newsletter Jay Community News. At both locations, breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch is from noon to 2 p.m. Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at the motor inn.
Also, the town reminded people in a press release Friday to fill out Disaster and Flood Damage survey forms, which can be picked up at the Community Center, the Upper Jay firehouse, or from any town official. The town will also bring them to people who need them, wait for them to be filled out and bring them back to the town office.
Town officials also said they have become aware of people trespassing on private property to take firewood and scrap metal. State police have been notified, and they will arrest anyone they catch trespassing or stealing in this manner, according to the town.
Tropical Storm Irene led the AuSable River to flood Sunday and caused millions of dollars worth of damage in the towns of Jay, Keene, Black Brook and North Elba.
Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.