A message from Andrea:
We need your help cleaning up Melrose Terrace, a housing complex for seniors and people with disabilities in West Brattleboro. The residents have all been moved elsewhere, and the houses are being packed and cleaned.
The roads are fine — you will have no problem getting there in a regular car.
Please come on Sunday 9/4 or Monday 9/5 between 10am and 4pm to help pack and clean. Go to the community room (you can’t miss it) and tell them you want to volunteer.
I worked there today and can offer the following tips:
– Regular shoes (not boots) are fine. You should probably bring boots just in case the organizers send you somewhere else, but if they assign you to Melrose Terrace you’ll be more comfortable in shoes.
– Bring an N95 air mask (looks like a surgeon’s mask, and N95 refers to a filtering standard). I think they cost around $5. There’s a lot of dust and dirt everywhere, and it’s obvious that the floodwaters contained some sewage. The smell is not strong, but it’s noticeable.
– I also suggest you bring some large trash bags or sheets that you can drape over your car seats while you drive home. By the end of the day you’ll be rather grimy and won’t want to shed dust everywhere.
– If you’re coming in from out of town and staying overnight, be sure to bring several changes of clothes. When I got home from working at Melrose Terrace today, the first thing I did was take a long shower.
– Eat a good breakfast before arriving because you might not want to snack on-site. Again, the smell isn’t that bad, but I wouldn’t want to chow down in the middle of it. Pack a lunch — there are plenty of nice picnic spots a short drive away.
If you’re reading this message after Monday 9/5 and still want to volunteer, call the Brattleboro Housing Authority and ask if they still need help.
[Note: I do not work for the Brattleboro Housing Authority — I’m just a volunteer in town who offered to spread the word.]