Flood Recovery Volunteers Running Dry

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 11, 2008 at 7:14 PM EDT

Flood victims could use fresh volunteers to keep flood recovery going.

A year and a half has passed since the June 2006 disaster.

But the pool of help for homeowners has run dry.

Take a drive through Conklin.

You'll see there are still dozens of homes, and families piecing their lives back together.

"It's sad to go down the street, and see people struggling to still get their homes together," says Jean Turock of Conklin.

Which is why Greg Jenkins, and the flood relief center are calling for people to volunteer to help finish the work.

"Some of them are just about ready to be completed, just some trim and some paint. Others we're starting right from the beginning to make their home safe, sanitary and functional," says Jenkins.

At its peak the flood relief center utilized the skills of hundreds of volunteers...

Helping people like Tim Dennis, who is putting the final touches on his home here in Conklin.

"We wouldn't have got as far along without them. We wouldn't be this far along. We wouldn't be as close to this without them," says Dennis.

The volunteers included high-school students, adults, and retired workers.

For Jean and Don Turock it was comfort when they needed it most.

"You couldn't do that by yourself. And you never saw these people before, and you never saw them again. But they were here," says Don Turock.

The mission continues...

As you can see there are still stacks of paint cans and other materials that the flood relief center is hoping to give away.

Jenkins says every week 2 or 3 flood victims who never sought help before are contacting the Conklin Flood Relief Center now for assistance.

And the center needs volunteers to respond.

Help is especially needed on weekends.

If you want to volunteer you can call the Conklin Flood Relief Center at 775-0790.

Or you can sign up to volunteer at www.broome-rw.org.

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