Flood News Update: from the trenches – [Updated 10/7 @11:45pm]

Take Back Vermont photographed by Melissa Hauteniemi

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Welcome to the weekend edition of your Vermont flood news update.  We’ve been glad to hear that the information provided here has been informative, utilized to motivate folks to get out there and help our neighboring communities, and gather charitable donations for people still suffering in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Where to Help 10/8 and 10/9

As much as we wish the list of places to help was getting smaller, it simply is not. This weekend, we will need hundreds of volunteers to get through all of these projects. Some of these requests are ongoing ones, which demonstrates how much work it is to clean up. Some are new; new towns, new people, new needs. We may feel like response is wrapping up, but there are people around the state still in great need. Please consider giving a few hours this weekend to help a neighbor put the pieces back together.
You may go here to see the details of these links:
http://vtresponse.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/where-to-help-108-and-109/
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Help Needed (ongoing): Statewide

Help is needed to pickup and distribute donations of new work clothing throughout Vermont. The clothing are currently housed in the Saint Johnsbury area and need to be distributed to sites around central and south-central Vermont including Stockbridge, Bethel and Woodstock.

You will need a pickup truck, box truck or large SUV and a couple of strong hands to help load the boxes.

10 drivers/trucks would be great. Timing in flexible, but we’d like to have deliveries set up by the end of the week, as colder weather is coming quickly.

Email vtresponse@yahoo.com if you can help with delivery with the subject line “Carhartt Delivery”

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Bethel

Information:

There will be a Select Board Meeting on October 10th in Bethel at the town hall at 6pm.   The meeting will address community and individual needs following Tropical Storm Irene.

There will be a free phone conference on October 13th to discuss how to rebuild more resilient communities.

Links:

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Bomoseen
Help is needed on Saturday afternoon or Sunday to clean out a shed and around a flooded property in Bomoseen. If you are able to help, please contact Elizabeth at 802-273-3135.

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Brattleboro

If you’ve got an hour or more to spare, Mountain Home Trailer Park still needs quite a bit of help before winter hits.  Work will start at 10am both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Dora Bouboulis will be the person volunteers will want to check in with and she’ll situate herself near the intersection of Brookwood Dr. and Winding Hill Road.  She will have a list of who needs help.

On Sunday, volunteers should go to 14 Brookwood Dr. where Lisa or Brenda will have the list.  Please remind folks to dress appropriately, wear gloves, and bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows if they have them.

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Bridgewater
1-2 strong backs and 3-4 others for shoveling out and bucket brigade to clean out basement. Need gloves, including surgical gloves, shovels, 5 gal. buckets. They can be picked up at the Masonic Hall HQ. Call 496-6089 to volunteer.
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Gaysville

The White River Campground (Gaysville/Stockbridge) needs ongoing help to clean up the property, the road, and the buildings.  They have received no help from anyone and would appriciate any help.  They need heavy movers and chain saws, this property follows the White River and took on a lot damage. Help is needed and welcome any day, any time. Please call 802-234-9115 if you are able to help or head to the campground during day time hours to help out.
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Hartford – West Hartford – White River Junction – Windsor – Quechee
Multiple opportunities to help in West Hartford:
    1. The West Hartford store could still use some help with general clean up, as well as some skilled construction help with beginning to put a new floor in. If you have carpentry skills plus tools, and would like to help, please contact Rick Thibideau, at            802-377-7044      .
    2. A homeowner in W. Hartford could use some skilled carpentry help with framing and building partition walls. If you have framing experience and tools, please contact Krystal Hilliker at             802-881-3599
    3. In addition, numbers of homes in W. Hartford can still use help with general outdoor clean up, raking of silt, and debris hauling. You may check in at the church on Rt. 14 each morning, or if you see homeowners working, you can even just stop to ask if they need help.
The folks at Morris Brothers Bike Shop (right on the corner of Bridge St. and Rt. 14), could use some help with scraping flood ruined wallpaper, as well as painting some of the repaired walls. Please contact Phyllis at 802-295-7597.

North Country Community Theater needs volunteers to help move props and set pieces that were damaged by the flood at the Center for Theater Craft, on Bridge St in WRJ, between the railroad bridge and the Main Street Museum.  Some things will be moved to safe storage, some thrown in a dumpster.  Some are somewhat heavy, best moved with 4-6 people.  The organizer, Amy, will be there from 12 noon to about 4 p.m.

I have a woman who has some mold growing as a result of a wet basement. She needs items removed from her basement that have been wet and are growing mold (cardboard boxes etc.) She had a stroke in early December and is not capable of coordinationg this effort or moving items herself so people who are interested should contact me as liaison.  Please contact Tony at 802-722-4575 EXT 134 message if you are able to help this individual.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

 Please contact Nancy Theriault at nancyt@coverhomerepair.org or (802) 296-7241 ext 103  Thank you!

Donations:
  • West Hartford Village Store fund relief donations can be sent to:

‘West Hartford Village Store’

and mail them to:

West Hartford Village Store, PO Box 48, West Hartford, VT 05084

Thank you!

Information:

Re:  Press Release- Hartford Village Bridge Repairs Begin September 19, 2011

For immediate release:

The Hartford Public Works Department and Daniels Construction will be conducting repairs to the Hartford Village Bridge #7 from September 19 to November 21, 2011.  Work will include repairs at two of the bridge piers, replacement of the bridge deck expansion joints and removal of flood debris.  The bridge will be subject to one lane traffic during daytime hours of 7AM to 6PM but will re-open for evenings and weekends. Complete  bridge closure is anticipated from October 25 November 15, 2011 to complete repairs to the expansion joints.  Motor vehicles should seek alternate routes and expect delays during the day.  Pedestrians should avoid the bridge if possible as the sidewalk will generally be closed. 

Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Works at 802-295-3622 or jponzoni@hartford-vt.org.

  • Hurricane Clean-up:

SILT: Please bring your silt to the edge of your property for further collection next week by the Town of Hartford.

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Jamaica
8 to 10 people are needed to help daily in Jamaica and Londonderry.  You will go door to door in those communities and complete surveys of needs. You will be meeting at Neighborhood Connections daily at 9 am for a brief training and maps of the neighborhoods. This project requires people who are polite, organized and punctual.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343 with the day or days that you are available.

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Killington
Fundraising Events:
Golf Benefit for Flood Relief
802Relief will be hosting The 2011 802Relief Golf Classic on Sunday, October 23, 2011. The 18-hole team handicapped scramble will take place at Green Mountain National Golf Course. Funds are to benefit ongoing flood relief projects in Vermont. Cost is $100 per person/$400 per foursome and includes golf, cart and full dinner afterward. Registration forms can be downloaded at 802Relief.com or can be emailed to you by sending an email to 802Relief@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘Golf Registration’.
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Londonderry
8 to 10 people are needed to help daily in Jamaica and Londonderry.  You will go door to door in those communities and complete surveys of needs. You will be meeting at Neighborhood Connections daily at 9 am for a brief training and maps of the neighborhoods. This project requires people who are polite, organized and punctual.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343 with the day or days that you are available.

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Mad River Valley

Multiple Projects:
  1. Bridge St. Historic Building Artisans’ Gallery : 2-3 people to shovel debris from basement. Contact HQ 496-6089.
  2. Moretown Real Estate: Rake silt, clean up property. Also, move furniture from inside house to other locations. Please call ahead- Frank Piazza, Moretown Real Estate Building, Main St. Moretown – 496-3980
  3. Several MRV Farms are in need of help restoring theielectric farm fences. If you’ve done this before or are willing to learn, call flood HQ and we’ll point you in the right direction. 496-6089. Ongoing until need is met.
  4. Need as many people as possible to pick up trash in field. Best if done between 10/4 and 10/8, but not on a rainy day. Contact Stanley Scribner 223-5509″
  5. Need volunteers to help scrape down a flood damaged floor. Volunteers should bring gloves and scraping knives (such as putty knives) Contact Gail Bresslauer, 224-6514 cell, 496-3795 home. *ongoing until finished

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Moretown

Bob McMullin’s horse fence was partially washed away and is in need of about 18 posts set in with new rails. We have a post hole digger that attaches to his tractor. We need 8-10 ‘sturdy’ people to help. We have the materials. This should go quickly with enough people. Bob lives on 100B in Moretown

Jeb Bouchard is organizing this for Bob. Please contact him at 496-7971 or jebsalmo@wcvt.com

Need 12-15 people for 3 hour shifts to staff the rummage sale. Hours are 9 to 3. Contact Mary Simmons 522-7761 bear@gmavt.net at the Mad River Garden Center.

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Norwich

Donations Information:

  • Norwich residents interested in assisting flood victims may also volunteer in West Woodstock. The Woodstock Clothing Relief center at the Grange Hill building is accepting donations of the following items only at this time: Winter Clothing for Boys & Male Teens; work boots/winter boots for men;  Winter Coats for women; New under ware for men/women; women’s winter coats; warm blankets and bedding, new pillows; heavy Carhart work clothes and personal care items. We also match people who can donate appliances, furniture etc, with those who need it. We provide free clothing etc. to all who have been effected by Hurricane Irene.  Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come to “shop”. Sign-up for a two hour shift. New hours of operation are: Sundays 12 noon -6 PM and Saturdays -Friday 10 am -6pm. This grass-roots relief effort is located on Route 4 west in the Grange Hill building (the former Baptist Rock Church building) right hand side when going towards Bridgewater and across form the Woodstock Union High School soccer field-  Look for Fema & Clothing sign, park in back. Any questions call organizers: Missy at 299-2348 or Mary at 291-2348. Many thanks.
Fundraiser:
  • Subject: [Norwich] Irene Pie Bake-Off and Giving Bowls

On Sunday, October 16th, eat dessert first, then have some soup!

Dessert First — noon-2:30pm Hurricane Irene Pie Bake-Off and Silent Auction at Carpenter and Main restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Haven’s Hurricane Irene relief fund. For more information on this event please see our blog http://irenebakeoff.blogspot.com/ or or find us on facebook – “Hurricane Irene Relief Pie Bake-Off” You can also email
irenepiecontest@killdeerfarm.com

Next the Soup – – 2-4pm Giving Bowls on the Norwich Town Green – share soup, bread and basked goods with your neighbors, and take home a hand made bowl. Proceeds benefit Willing Hands and the Haven food pantry. For questions about this event, please contact j.lisa.christie@gmail.com

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Randolph

Relief Fundraiser:
Irene Relief Button Up Workshop
The Center for Sustainable Practices at Vermont Technical College is hosting a Button Up Flood Recovery Workshop. When: Wednesday, October 5, 7-9pm Where: Judd Hall on the VT Tech campus in Randolph Center The Flood Recovery Workshops are a joint effort by Efficiency Vermont and the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) to help homeowners impacted by the recent floods. The workshop covers how to dry walls and basements, address mold, and improve the energy efficiency of the building and systems to create safe, healthy and energy efficient homes as they are rebuilt. Workshops will be held in several locations in affected areas of the state. Contact CVCAC at 802-477-5237 or e-mail buttonup@cvcac.org for more information.

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Rochester
Lots of volunteers (at least 25) are needed this weekend in Rochester. Please meet at 10 am at 88 North Main Street. Wear boots, work gloves and long pants. Bring your lunch and water. If you own and can operate a chainsaw, please bring it along.
The Carhartt Donation truck will be in Rochester this weekend, on Saturday from 9-1, at the Rochester school. The truck is full of Carhartt clothing to distribute to flood victims. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend, and if you’re up for a drive over to Rochester , please consider coming over to help.

Here’s what we need: 15 or so volunteers to help with this clothing distribution. It’s basically helping people find correct sizes, checking off lists, breaking down boxes, cleaning up when done. This will be from 1-4 p.m.

If you would like to help with the Carhartt effort please contact Barbara at St. Paul ’s Episcopal Church in White River Junction.  You can reach her at stpaulsvt@gmail.com .

If you can lift and carry 50 pounds, we need volunteers to help unload and deliver bagged horse feed in Rochester, VT this Sunday, October 9 at approximately 11:30am (in Rochester).

We have received grant funds from US Equine Disaster Relief and donations to support horse owners that were hit hard by Irene via horse feed and forage extender.  Guys Farm and Yard has agreed to deliver it, and Poulin Grain has made additional generous donations.  If you are able to join us to help unload and/or load this feed this weekend, please let me know.  We will have over 6 tons of feed to move, and about 1/4 of that will need to be walked across the foot bridge that connects Rte 100 to Rte 73.

If you can handle 50# bags, and can be in Rochester by 11:00-11:15am on Sunday, please email me with names and contact information atBetsy.Greene@uvm.edu before Friday (Oct 7) at noon.

If you need a ride, we may be able to accommodate, however, you will need to verify by Friday by 5:00pm that you will actually be there at Jeffords parking lot on Sunday at 9:30am to prevent unnecessary waiting for no-shows by drivers.

We’ve got the equipment, now we just need some people to volunteer to run it. Rochester  a mini-excavator, mini-bulldozer, dump truck and skidsteer to help with their cleanup efforts, but needs some volunteer operators to donate a day or two of running those rigs. If this is something you are able to help with, please contact Cynthia at 802-767-9100.
Rochester needs 150 volunteers to help on Saturday 10/15 to clean up the riverbeds that were wrecked by Irene. Please meet at the Town Offices at 10 am. Wear boots and work gloves, and bring your lunch and water to drink. If you are skilled with and own a chainsaw, please bring that as well.

Can’t make it to volunteer? Consider donating to the Town of Rochester’s Irene fund, which will help defray costs of things like dumpsters and fuel. A single dumpster, which is an absolute necessity for cleaning up, costs $700 dollars.

Relief For Rochester Vermont
c/o Town of Rochester
P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT, 05767

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Royalton
Information:
  • Happy Hollow Road – Open from VT Route 14 to Rix Road
  • Bridge Street, in Royalton Village is now open to traffic
  • Johnson Hill Road is still being worked on.  Please seek alternate routes during the day to allow our work crews the space they need to complete the repairs.  Congestion by non – construction vehicles creates safety hazards and prolongs the repairs
  • Mill Road Bridge CLOSED – scheduled to open the week of October 17th.
  • Foxstand bridge CLOSED
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Rutland
We would appreciate any volunteers that you could send our way.  We have many opportunities for volunteers, including a volunteer shopper and/or someone to accept and distribute donated items for clients.  Please meet at the Recovery Center around 8:30 am for the morning or any time during the day.  The Center is located at 263 South Main Street in Rutland.  It is the old Smith Buick Building.  The phone number is 802-773-1739.
Information:
The Giving Tree
802Relief, a Rutland-based nonprofit created after Irene, is establishing ‘The Giving Tree.’ ‘The Giving Tree(s)’ will be located in various storefronts in Rutland and the surrounding communities. Vermonters who were affected by flooding can anonymously request the donation of specific items they need. The ‘Tree’ will be given ‘leaves’ that patrons to the store can ‘pick’ and will go purchase the item. The item will be brought to 802Relief’s offices, where it will then be brought to the person or persons in need. Requests should be made to: 802Relief@gmail.com with the subject heading of ‘Giving Tree’ The message should include the needed item and the name, address and contact information (which will NOT be on the leaf, but is needed so we can get the item to the person) For further detail, contact Scott Tommola at (802)236-1381.
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Sharon

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

October 8th and 9th – COIN DROP TO BENEFIT SHARON FIRE DEPT.

As many of you are aware, our Sharon Fire Department suffered significant damage due to Tropical Storm Irene.  Please come out and help friends of SFD to raise money to rebuild the fire house and replace equipment.

The coin drop will be set up on Route 132 in front of the church.  Looking for 12 – 16 volunteers to work in 2 hour shifts both Saturday and Sunday.  Shifts available from 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm.  To sign up please contact Jodi at 763-2839.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the Sharon Fire Department checks can be mailed to:

Sharon Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 74
Sharon, VT 05065

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Stockbridge

The White River Campground (Gaysville/Stockbridge) needs ongoing help to clean up the property, the road, and the buildings.  They have received no help from anyone and would appriciate any help.  They need heavy movers and chain saws, this property follows the White River and took on a lot damage. Help is needed and welcome any day, any time. Please call 802-234-9115 if you are able to help or head to the campground during day time hours to help out.

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Waitsfield

Simplicity Farm in Waitsfield needs a truck and 4 volunteers to load wood to donate to Flatbread. Doug Turner, 496-2481. Call for exact time.

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Waterbury

A teacher from Waterbury wrote to us to ask for help for three families in her classroom that were severely affected by the flood. These children have been given used toys and backpacks and other donations, but not all of these donations are what they needed to replace and move on. Gift cards will allow these kids to buy the things that they want or need and to start the process of making their houses homes again.

1) Family A:  Lost everything (all toys and clothes.) Kids ages 11, 7 and 4.  Entire 1st floor flooded and needs new everything.
2) Family B:  Mom had a daycare downstairs.  Kids Ages 5 and 2.
3) Family C: Didn’t have power for days.   Kids ages 9, 4 and2.

Gift Cards can be sent to:

Thatcher Brook Primary School c/o A. Scribner 47 Stowe St Waterbury, VT 05676

(If I get more than what I need I would share with my co-teacher who also has 3 children affected in her classroom.) There were 5-6 neighborhoods in our school that were hit hard!!

STORAGE SPACE needed for Hunger Mt. Children’s Center.  The childcare/preschool at 123 S. Main St. Waterbury is in temporary space since the flood. It now needs to empty its former home in the state office complex and it does not have space in the temp.location. Imagine emptying a 2000+ square-foot home filled with toys, books, furniture, etc. to keep 40 kids busy every day.

Storage units – or get creative – how about a vacant garage at a home that’s for sale but off the market maybe? Or a combination of spaces could work. Affordable fees or a donation would be greatly appreciated. Would like to have the space through the winter – until May 1 would be idea.

Location within 30 min.-1 hour from Waterbury would be best. Chittenden County OK. Stowe/Morrisville/Montpelier/Mad River Valley.
HMCC is Waterbury’s oldest licensed child care center, in operation since the early 1970s. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit. It is licensed to care for up to 40 children ages 6 weeks-preschool daily. It is part of the local universal preschool program with the public schools. Contact the center’s director, Kristen Nugent: kristen@hmcc.comcastbiz.net

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Woodstock

  • Help Needed (10/8 and 10/9): West Woodstock
    Riverside Mobile Home Park in West Woodstock could use some continued clean-up help. The park was badly damaged by the flood, and they need general clean-up, mucking out, and debris clearing help. Volunteers should wear work clothes and be prepared to get dirty. Boots, gloves, rakes and shovels and wheelbarrows would all be good ideas. The contact person out there is named Moe, at  802-356-1787  .

    Directions: Go through Woodstock , past the green, continuing west on Rt. 4. Just past the UU church, and before the iron bridge, you’ll see a left fork up the hill, called College Hill. Take this, and follow it until it turns to Carleton Hill Dr. Stay on this until you see Riverside Drive on your right. Drive into park, look for mailboxes on left. Volunteer tent is behind mailboxes. Please go there and check in to be assigned jobs.

Donations Information:

  • The Woodstock Clothing Relief center at the Grange Hill building is accepting donations of the following items only at this time: Winter Clothing for Boys & Male Teens; work boots/winter boots for men;  Winter Coats for women; New under ware for men/women; women’s winter coats; warm blankets and bedding, new pillows; heavy Carhart work clothes and personal care items. We also match people who can donate appliances, furniture etc, with those who need it. We provide free clothing etc. to all who have been effected by Hurricane Irene.  Volunteers needed for clothes sorting and sizing and assisting those who come to “shop”. Sign-up for a two hour shift. New hours of operation are: Sundays 12 noon -6 PM and Saturdays -Friday 10 am -6pm. This grass-roots relief effort is located on Route 4 west in the Grange Hill building (the former Baptist Rock Church building) right hand side when going towards Bridgewater and across form the Woodstock Union High School soccer field-  Look for Fema & Clothing sign, park in back. Any questions call organizers: Missy at 299-2348 or Mary at 291-2348. Many thanks.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

“Can’t do the physical labor?  Copy this section, print it out and deliver it to folks along VT Rte.14 so they are up-to-date!”

Information:

  • Rte 132 CLOSED between Cross Rd and High Lakes Rd for culvert replacement.
The new deadline for cities and towns to file for federal disaster assistance is October 17th, extended from October 1st. Via VPR News.
The Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project have pro bono lawyers standing by to help victims of Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermonters who have been affected by flooding and who have legal questions or problems can contact these resources for information and help:

–Call 1-800-889-2047. Through this intake number, a client may be connected with a Legal Aid attorney; receive over the phone legal advice from a Law Line attorney; or be assigned an attorney through the Volunteer Lawyer Project.

–Visit Vermont Legal Aid’s webpage with answers to frequently asked questions for flooding victims at http://www.vtlawhelp.org/disaster_Irene.

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