Philly officials connect residents to resources, volunteer service helping Montco reset after area storms

Storm damage on Remington Rd. off Lancaster Ave in Wynnewood
Photo credit Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Last week's storms and floods in Montgomery County uprooted many residents' lives. A volunteer service in the county is working to connect people with the resources they need to rebuild.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster partners want to work with people hard hit by the storms.

"Your information will be shared with volunteers for local disaster relief organizations, community groups, and faith communities," Montco Commissioner Val Arkoosh said. 

Arkoosh says Montco saw 134 water rescues, double the normal number of 911 calls, and even a death as a result of the storms. They want to make sure residents get the help they need getting back on their feet.

That's why the organizations lending help provide an array of services.

"Cutting fallen trees, removing affected drywall, flooring and appliances, tarping damaged roofs and mitigating mold," Arkoosh said.

She adds, all these services are free for the residents who receive them.

In Philadelphia, from Southwest Philadelphia to Manyunk and the Northeast, the city's Office of Emergency Management is meeting with residents to connect them with services they may need following the storms. 

“It's really been an effort with a lot of city agencies and a lot of our not-for-profit partners. We're doing everything we can to provide access to state and federal support, it's not in our control whether or not that support comes,” explained Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and OEM director Adam Thiel.

He said they’ve identified up to 462 properties that have damage — 40% of them have major damage. 

Although the flooding happened more than a week ago, he says the city's work is just beginning. They're doing more than just cleaning up physical damage.

“Helping provide counseling to folks, community legal services,” he said. 

They're crossing their fingers and hoping for additional long-term assistance for residents as they continue to rebuild their lives.

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Contact VOAD by phone at 844-965-1386.