Photo courtesy of RiverSweep
Laura Wesson and Marita Johnson, RiverSweep overseers for Springfield, display early returns at trash headquarters in the Shopping Plaza
Every summer, the Black River Action Team conducts its RiverSweep clean up event along the Black River. This year, following the Tropical Storm Irene flooding of Aug. 28, the clean up project took on special meaning.
Volunteers gathered in Ludlow Sept. 10 to find high water and mud—and more mud.
According to Laura Wesson and Marita Johnson of Springfield, there were plenty of volunteers who wanted to help. The group gathered at the Ludlow Shopping Plaze and set out from there in walks along the river bank.
“Because of the river's swollen state, the usual focus of only collecting trash and debris from in and along the river was changed to include helping flood victims along the Black River from Springfield to Plymouth,” according to RiverSweep. “Volunteers helped to sort donated food and other items, remove large debris from the flooding, lend a hand cleaning out flooded buildings as well as collect whatever trash there was a safe distance from riverbanks.”
RiverSweep organizers said volunteers are needed around the Black River Valley region:
•Chester-Andover Family Center is accepting donations and needs volunteer help. Call 802-875-3236 to help.
•Grafton needs volunteers for ongoing cleanup work. Contact the Grafton Library for directions and instruction at 802-843-2404.
•Grevens Field Sports Center was inundated with debris and mud. Mark Huntley needs volunteers. Call Mark at 802-228-5774.
•Ludlow's Timber Inn on Route 106 needs help cleaning up. Glenn and Donna Heitsmith need help with cleaning rooms, ground debris, and more. Call 802-228-8666.
•Ludlow area: Jan Lambert is organizing Veggie Connection to provide fresh produce to flood victims around the region. Contact her at 603-477-9947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Ludlow area: Clothing, towels, sheets or blankets, baby clothes and more are available to Irene flood victims locally contact Kim at email@example.com.
•Plymouth families displaced by the Irene flooding need help rebuilding homes and lives. Call 802-672-3666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to lend a hand.
•Springfield Family Center needs help sorting flood-relief donations and helping with meals. Call 802-885-3646.
•Vermontwide assistance needs funds and volunteers: www.vtexchange.org, http://vtresponse.wordpress.com, and www.freecycle.org.