Monday, January 13, 2014

Helping to Fuel Rebuilding in Glen Haven - Literally

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Red Cross provided the community of Glen Haven with 40 pairs of winter work gloves and $1,000 in gas cards to fuel the heavy-duty equipment necessary to clean up flood debris and repair flood-damaged roads.

The town was heavily hit by flooding in September 2013 and many of the roads are still not functional, which means some residents cannot move back to their homes – even if their homes were not heavily damaged by the flooding. 

Although the cost of repairing damaged infrastructure and private roads is well beyond the scope or ability of the Red Cross, we are supporting local efforts to rebuild by delivering resources such as the work gloves, helping to defray costs such as the fuel to operate equipment, and offering water and snacks to volunteer crews involved in local clean-up and rebuilding efforts.

In this photo, Red Cross Recovery Specialist Sabrina Amon shares a hug with Glen Haven Assistant Fire Chief Tom Housewright and his family after delivering the supplies.

“Glen Haven, with the fire department acting as the community center, is a great example of a hard-hit community taking ownership of their own recovery,” Sabrina said. “They have faced some seemingly unsurmountable challenges, but through collaboration, community spirit, dedication and hard work, they are making headway in overcoming those challenges.”

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