Local fire departments distribute donations to flood victims

                                        MEMBERS HAVE BEEN DONATING AROUND-THE-CLOCK.  TORI: KRISTEN, MIKE, DONATIONS HAVE BEEN COMING IN NON-STOP TO THE LLOYDSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT SINCE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  EVEN PEOPLE ACROSS STATE LINES TRAVELED TO DONATE, ALL TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY THE FLASH FLOOD.  DRIVING INTO DEVASTATION, AFTER WATER SURROUNDED AND DAMAGED THESE HOMES.  WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO HAVE TO GET ON A BOAT JUST TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE?  >> IT WAS SURREAL.  IT WAS REALLY STRANGE.  IT FELT LIKE WE WERE JUST IN ANOTHER WORLD FOR SOMETHING.  TORI: NOW LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF A FLASH FLOOD THAT FILLED BASEMENTS AND CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE TO VEHICIES IN THE DOROTHY PATCH AREA OF UNITY TOWNSHIP FRIDAY NIGHT.  >> WE HAD A COUPLE OF CARS DAMAGED, OUR APARTMENT, HOUSE AND THE GARAGE, EVERYTHING WAS DAMAGED.  WE HAD TO PULL ALL THE COUCHES AND FLOOR UP.  TORI: IT WAS THE NEXT DAY THE LLOYDSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT STARTED COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR THE AREA.  >> AS SOON AS WE DEPLETE SOMETHING, PEOPLE FILL IT BACK UP AGAIN.  THESE SHELVES HAVE BEEN FILLED UP MULTIPLE TIMES.  REPORTER: ON TUESDAY NIGHT, FIREFIGHTERS TOOK TO FOREST AVENUE AND SURROUNDING STREET TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAD WHAT THEY NEEDED.  >> ANYTHING THEY COULD USE TO CLEAN THE ICE, TWO BOTTLES OF WATER.  WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE LITERALLY IN TEARS, HUGGING US, JUST EVER SO GRATEFUL TO BE ON THE RECEIVING END.  >> EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SO GREAT AND EVERYBODY HAD GOTTEN CLOSER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THAT.  REPORTER: A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT HAS PROVEN THIS COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER IN A TIME OF NEED.  >> THEY ARE SAYING, WITHOUT US HELPING THEM, THEY WOULD BE GOING THROUGH THIS ALONE, AND THEY KNOW NOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE.  REPORTER: I SPOKE WITH A UNITY TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR WHO TELLS ME THE COUNTY DID A WALK-THROUGH AND INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE HOMES, AND IT LOOKS LIKE 16 OUT OF THE 42 HOMES COULD BE CONTEMPORARY CONDEMNED.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTE
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Local fire departments distribute donations to flood victims

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                Donations have been piling up in the Lloydsville Fire Department to help victims of the flood that poured into the Dorothy Patch area of ​​Unity Township Friday night.  Since Saturday, community members have been bringing cleaning supplies, clothes, food, water, pet supplies and more, the fire department said."It's amazing. I mean, to have the first donation come in at 3:30 pm (Saturday) when you're starting at 3 pm and just to see the line of cars and to have it not stop," said Sally Jellison, an associate firefighter for Lloydsville Fire Department."Anything they can use to clean, to ice, to bottles of water , we've had people literally in tears hugging us. Just ever so grateful to be on the receiving end," Lt. David Vogle said.  "They're trying to pick up their lives one piece at a time and every little bit, even if it's a gallon of water, it's clean stuff."Lloydsville, along with Pleasant Unity and Derry Township Fire Departments, loaded up some donations and took them to homeowners along Forest Avenue and surrounding streets Tuesday night.  Lloydsville also handed out gift cards to a nearby restaurant.  "Everybody's been so nice. Lloydsville Fire Department has been really, really great," said BJ Ozario, who had two vehicles, a camper and more destroyed in the flood.  "Everybody's been so great and everybody's gotten closer in the neighborhood because of (this)."  "I have to give kudos to the people of this area for stepping up and giving from their hearts," Jellison said.  "Let the community know that the people of Dorothy thank them from the bottom of their hearts."Lloydsville Fire Department said donations will be available to pick up at the fire station for anyone still in need of items.  Unity Township Emergency Management Director said the county did an initial assessment and it appears 16 of the 42 homes in Dorothy Patch could be temporarily condemned as a result of the flood.  


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                <strong class="dateline">LATROBE, Pa. —</strong>                                            Donations have been piling up in the Lloydsville Fire Department to help victims of the flood that poured into the Dorothy Patch area of ​​Unity Township Friday night. 

Since Saturday, community members have been bringing cleaning supplies, clothes, food, water, pet supplies and more, the fire department said.

“It’s amazing. I mean, to have the first donation come in at 3:30 pm (Saturday) when you’re starting at 3 pm and just to see the line of cars and to have it not stop,” said Sally Jellison, an associate firefighter for Lloydsville Fire Department.

“Anything they can use to clean, to ice, to bottles of water, we’ve had people literally in tears hugging us. Just ever so grateful to be on the receiving end,” Lt. David Vogle said. “They’re trying to pick up their lives one piece at a time and every little bit, even if it’s a gallon of water, it’s clean stuff.”

Lloydsville, along with Pleasant Unity and Derry Township Fire Departments, loaded up some donations and took them to homeowners along Forest Avenue and surrounding streets Tuesday night. Lloydsville also handed out gift cards to a nearby restaurant.

“Everybody’s been so nice. Lloydsville Fire Department has been really, really great,” said BJ Ozario, who had two vehicles, a camper and more destroyed in the flood. “Everybody’s been so great and everybody’s gotten closer in the neighborhood because of (this).”

“I have to give kudos to the people of this area for stepping up and giving from their hearts,” Jellison said. “Let the community know that the people of Dorothy thank them from the bottom of their hearts.”

Lloydsville Fire Department said donations will be available to pick up at the fire station for anyone still in need of items.

Unity Township Emergency Management Director said the county did an initial assessment and it appears 16 of the 42 homes in Dorothy Patch could be temporarily condemned as a result of the flood.

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