SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Silver Creek residents still recovering from the August stormsgot a helping hand Thursday.
A group of volunteers stepped up to help improve threehomes.
It's a job no one would want. And some of these workers fromAmeriCorps and Home Depot had no idea what they were walking intowhen they suited up in protective gear, to clear out a flooddamaged home in Silvercreek.
"There's a lot of black mold. The drywall is falling apart,"said AmeriCorps Senior Team Leader Sharon Morgante.
Morgante said, "It's kind of hitting them, they realize thatthis is someone's house, and they've been displaced."
It might surprise you to learn how great the need is inSilvercreek and Gowanda, two months after the August flood watersreceded.
The priority here was to completely gut the home.
AmeriCorps team leader Brandon Barry said, "I remember walkingby this home and saying what happened?"
At the home, crews installed a new carpet.
Flood water destroyed the basement classroom of 3-year-oldNoah, a special needs student.
His father, a disabled vet, welcomed the help.
"I spent 28 years in the military and I was the one helpingpeople," said Noah's father Thomas Hayes. "It's unreal how nowsomeone is helping me."
This project in the southern tier marked the final installmentof Home Depot's 2009 "Keep our neighbors good and green homes"campaign, which helped several dozen families improve theirhomes.
"It's an amazing feeling just to be able to give back tocommunity. We're excited. This is our first Team Depot project inthe southern tier so we're excited to give back to community," saidDunkirk Home Depot Manager Tammy Papke.
And here workers gave Phyllis Burgio Robinson newinstallation.
"I think it's fantastic. I don't know what we'd do withoutthem," said Robinson.
Clearly, the support was appreciated by homeowners who werequick to remind me that there are still many other flood victims inneed of help.
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