Categories Op/Ed

Letter to the Editor: Help Available for Victims of Torrential Floods in August

Following the torrential rains during August, many Lancaster County residents suffered basement flooding, resulting in damage and loss of property. Residents with some of the more serious flooding still require help in cleaning out and sanitizing basement areas and contents.

The Lancaster County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is an organization of nonprofit and faith-based groups that offer assistance to residents needing cleanup or restoration services, and it partners with the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency in responding to area disasters.

In order to coordinate the needs of Lancaster County residents with the voluntary organizations able to provide assistance, Lancaster County VOAD has enlisted the assistance of the United Way PA 2-1-1 service. PA 2-1-1 is your community help line and is available 24 hours a day to provide information and referral on all types of health and human services. Simply dial 211 to speak with trained staff who will listen to your concerns and help connect you to the most appropriate resources available to meet your needs.

By calling PA 2-1-1, residents can have their needs registered in a database that will notify voluntary organizations that are prepared to provide assistance. This is not a source for financial assistance at this time. All residents who continue to have needs for assistance in clean-up or restoration as a result of the recent flooding should call 211 and provide details of their needs, regardless of whether they have previously reported damages to their municipality.

ROBERT WALTON

Elizabethtown

About the author