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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Hundreds of Flooded Homes Cleaned by Volunteers

Friday August 28, 2009

Volunteer teams swelled after Mayor’s call

More than 300 flooded homes have been cleared, cleaned and sanitized by local and regional volunteer teams since the August 4 flood – and volunteer coordinators say requests for help are tapering off.
Since Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a renewed call for local help last week, dozens of teams from churches, businesses and other organizations have volunteered to assist. Metro United Way and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters have coordinated the new local volunteers for training and work assignments, speeding cleanups in the flooded areas.

“As the old saying goes, many hands make light work,” Abramson said. “I’m proud to see Louisvillians respond to the call – once again – to help the neighbors who may have no other means to clear out their flood-damaged homes.”

Cleaning and sanitizing flooded homes quickly is critically important to stave off growth of mold – which can be a health hazard.

This weekend, volunteers will blitz dozens of homes still in need of cleaning and sanitizing. Metro United Way reports most of the requests for assistance have either been completed or assigned to a volunteer team; 70 homes have not yet been assigned a volunteer crew.

Volunteers are still needed to continue the cleanup efforts. People interested in volunteering – either on their own or through a church, non-profit agency or employer should call the Metro United Way at 292-6107 to volunteer.

Residents who have no other means to clean their homes should also call Metro United Way at 292-6115 to ask for assistance.

Since the flood, Metro United Way has answered more than 1,800 calls for help – meeting needs ranging from shelter to food to debris disposal.

FEMA responds to thousands of requests for assistance
More than 8,400 people have applied for disaster assistance from FEMA, and the agency has awarded more than $9.6 million in grants to individuals who suffered damage from the flood.

FEMA inspectors have made nearly 7,300 inspections to damaged private property so far.

Individuals who suffered flood damage can begin their application process by visiting or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Drop off Site to Remain Open
The free flood debris drop off site at 18th and Broadway will remain open for at least another week. Residents may drop off flood-damaged items daily from 12 to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 5.