Volunteers continue to help Perth-Andover flood victims
The people of Perth-Andover are getting some welcome assistance as volunteers continue to flock to the village after the devastating flood on March 23.
The small community of about 1,770 people declared a state of emergency after flooding evacuated homes, schools and the hospital, washed out roads and destroyed homes and businesses.
Sharon Eagan and her daughter Jennifer own Victoria Villa Assisted Living — a seniors' complex — and they've been working for days to remove the floors, the walls, and the insulation in the building — all destroyed by flood water.
But they're not working alone. Sharon Eagan said people have shown up everyday since the flood.
"We didn't call anyone, they would just show up. Or call and say 'Do you need any help?' and I'd say 'Help? Sure do,'" Eagan said with a laugh.
Jennifer Eagan said without help from volunteers, they'd never be able to reopen.
"We wouldn't have been able to do it, financially, or physically. We would have had to walk out on our mortgage and go bankrupt, basically," Jennifer Eagan said.
Seniors moved in with people in the community. There were 10 residents, six of them stayed at Sharon Eagan's house for the first few days.
Even with all the extra hands, it will be June at the earliest before residents can move back to the seniors complex.
Across the river, Stephen Joudry is co-ordinating a volunteer effort on behalf of Samaritan's Purse — a Christian relief agency.
"We have one couple here from Liverpool, Nova Scotia. We've had them from Saint John, we've had them all over the place, we have 60 I believe coming on Monday from Sussex," he said.
There have been roughly 200 applications for financial assistance since last month's flood.