SALT/Schoharie Recovery volunteers spring into action following flash flooding on Friday.
A well oiled machine sprung into action on June 14 following the flash flooding that left Middleburgh, once again, covered in mud and debris. Volunteers, AmeriCorps VISTA and staff including, Josh, Alison, Bill, Kirt, Matt, Andrea, Chris, Linda, Emily and the Loaves and Fishes team came out as well as volunteers from Brethren Disaster Ministries, World Renew Green Shirts, Charleton, Latter Day Saints Church, and walk ins. Over 70 volunteers worked closely with the local fire department to get basements pumped out and open a temporary walk in center at the Middleburgh Fire House. The American Red Cross distributed snacks and clean up kits. Our volunteer run cafe Loaves and Fishes fed all the volunteers and home owners, fire department, and Red Cross workers.
The flash flooding was mainly consolidated around backed up culverts and small bridges with most of damage in Middleburgh and isolated cases elsewhere (Richmondville, Schoharie, and Sharon Springs).
To date, the damage of includes one home with substantial foundation damage, 3 homes and 3 businesses that had water in first floor, 15-20 basements with substantial water (several already noting furnace and other utilities destroyed), and as many as 30-50 with rocks/silt/debris/erosion in their yards and driveways.
We addressed the bulk of the immediate needs (gutting/ripping up floors, pumping basements, human needs) but will have a lot of general labor work in mucking and debris clean up. Village, town and county workers and local fire departments did an amazing jobs cleaning up road and sidewalks.
Please give the SALT number 518-702-5017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to anyone with unmet needs.