"We tried to get people to do it, but they could not," Smalley said, in part because its metal roof, so big it couldn't be moved, had fallen atop its contents. That didn't stop a gang of the building company's employees from carrying it to a Dumpster across from her
Smalley, who lost her furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and freezer when 6 feet of water poured into her basement, was one of several flood victims who benefitted from an influx of volunteers from 84 Lumber -- about 30 in all from several stores and company headquarters in western
She got a new furnace installed Thursday free of charge, thanks to
84 Lumber has committed
Deliveries have come over the past two weeks with supplies distributed on a rationed basis to owners of flood-damaged homes, Mancuso said.
About 30 families in
One recipient was
"It happened real quick," Soisson said of the flash flood. The family managed to save their television set and other electronics by moving them upstairs.
Soisson and Smalley's homes are among the 220 in the
The challenge for the city, Ohler said, will be to obtain funds to demolish the homes whose owners didn't have flood insurance. The damage to public property --
As thankful as Smalley is for all the assistance from countless volunteers, including 14 youngsters from her daughter's
"Why the governor would not do it does not make any sense," said Smalley, whose home near the intersection of two
"We are still in the process of helping
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