The state attorney general's office plans to hold office hours in Essex and eight other flood-ravaged counties to help storm victims.
Price gouging on essential goods and services, insurance questions and delayed debt payments are common questions for people in these areas, according to a press release from AG Eric Schneiderman.
The office hours in Essex County, where hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged due to Tropical Storm Irene, will be from noon to 3 p.m., Sept. 21 and 28, in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers in the Old County Court House in Elizabethtown.
There is also a regional office in Plattsburgh that is open Monday through Friday.
"Those living in affected regions are having to deal with not only the damage of the storm itself, but also with the difficulties of recovery," Schneiderman said. "Whether it's related to byzantine insurance claims or avoiding the pitfalls of overpriced repairs, storm victims need all the help they can get to navigate through this challenging process. We stand ready to assist them."