Thank you. Thank you. The outpouring of volunteers in Waterbury has been phenomenal; thank you VTresponse! However over 200 homes and businesses in the Waterbury/Duxbury community have suffered severe flood damage. The dramatic state office complex TV footage mostly misses the large neighborhood next to it and the almost 2 miles of devastation along Route 2. There are many folks we are just learning need volunteer help ASAP. Toward this end our Flood Relief Coordinating Site will be operational all weekend as a clearing house for matching volunteers with exhausted, depressed, and some very desperate homeowners. If you can help we’ll be kicking off each day at 9am behind Thatcher Brook Primary School at 37 Stowe Street in Waterbury through Monday (and after that at our Rec Building next to the pool immediately off I89’s Exit 10 Southbound.)
Because we are overwhelmed by the immensity of the challenges (700 lunches were served to survivors and volunteers by our Food Shelf today) we ask you to bring what you can to help including lunch and snacks. Tools to help tear out rugs and drywall (esp. prybars) and cleaning supplies (rags and disinfectants) are of much use. Also please wear gloves, safety goggles and a face mask. The river mud and flood waters had all sorts of nasty things in it (chemicals, gas, sewage, etc.) and we are racing against mold and mildew. It is recommended you should protect yourselves with a N95/N100 dust mask.
If you, your business, or other organization can offer work crews–especially of skilled labor–in the weeks to come please email me so that we can begin to plan for the long, arduous rebuilding process.
Thanks again for all your help.