Irene Recovery Slow But Steady In Vermont
“Yup! The Kids Are “Vermont Strong”, Too!”
By Dell Hill
have been clamoring for an update from the flood-ravaged Barup family
in Waterbury, Vermont, and so here it is!
If you’re just joining us, my
niece and her family lost their home and nearly all of their
possessions in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene when flood waters
reached to within one foot of their ceilings. I’ve been following their
story closely and blogging updates. You can click here, here, and here to read my previous posts.
Yup! The Kids Are “Vermont Strong”, Too!
at first glance I’m sure your reaction might be something like “Huh?
Looks like someone sleeping on a mattress without a bed and some
unopened boxes of appliances nearby”. And you would be correct!
before you decide that’s “just awful”, consider the fact that for over a
hundred days prior to this picture being taken (late Sunday evening),
that young lady had no home to sleep in, no mattress to sleep on, no
ultra-warm blanket over her and the kitchen appliances were some distant
dream. In fact, she slept with family friends or relatives who were
not devastated by Tropical Storm Irene and has continued to get to
school every day, despite the adverse conditions.
this night, she was - for the first time - sleeping in her own bedroom
in her new home, constructed by a small army of workers in a race
against the ravages of a Vermont winter. A race that is seemingly won!
And, as her mother suggested - she’s “loving life”.
building an entire new home from scratch is one thing; furnishing it
with creature comforts is another. But, even that issue is slowly but
surely being addressed and resolved. A new bedroom set looms in the
immediate future - not only for my great niece, but for her brother and
parents, as well.
take note of the very special blanket that covers her. That was just
one of many hand-made gifts donated by a reader of this blog and a
follower of one of my other favorite things - the Decorah, Iowa family
year, I served as a chat-room moderator (GoldenEagle4444) under the
sponsorship of the Raptor Resource Project and several of the regular
visitors to that chat have taken it upon themselves to lend a hand to my
families flood-related catastrophe. A number of Facebook readers have
done likewise. Assistance with financial contributions of nearly a
thousand dollars, as well as the extremely meaningful, hand-made gifts
like the blanket you see in this picture have been warmly received.
Helper” made a special delivery Sunday afternoon and Tina reports that
the latest donations will be used to offset the cost of flooring in her
new home. Before long, that concrete floor will be covered with very
appealing laminated wood flooring, thanks to all of you who have pitched
in to help.
remain high, despite the fatigue, and every single family member and
volunteer remains steadfastly dedicated to the conclusion of this
project. And the very next time disaster strikes, guess who will be
first in line to offer their help?
If you said “Tina, Charlie, Brent and Brooke” you’d be absolutely right.