Volunteers help West Seneca flood victims

More than 200 volunteers participated in a “Day of Caring” in West Seneca on Saturday, to help those affected by flooding earlier this month. The Winchester Community Church is coordinated the event.

PHOTOS | See photos of community members working to help West Seneca residents

People from the town emergency response team, boy scouts and local churches helped out. They were assigned to specific tasks and worked from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“Everybody that’s here wants to show them how much we love them. That’s why they’re here. We’re not out here in this beautiful snow storm to get exercise. It’s because there’s some great folks that live here” said Peter Andrews, the Founder and Director of the Christian Youth Corps.

People like Stephanie Serrano. She and her family have been living on Gregory Drive for two and half years.

After the flood waters seeped in, they caused extensive damage to her home. Everything in her basement is gone. She also had a foot of water in her first floor.

“That took out all the flooring. We had to take out walls up to four feet to make sure there’s no mold or moisture going higher than that. All of our furniture…gone” said Serrano.

Serrano estimates that the damage will cost her about one hundred thousand dollars to repair and replace all that was lost.

She said she’s so grateful for the volunteers that are helping out.

These volunteers mean the world to us. Not only have they saved us a lot of money, but are a true Godsend. They’re absolutely amazing” said Serrano. “Something terrible happened and then something good happens and they’re the something good”.

Over the next couple of days additional churches will be in town to help out with any leftover recovery efforts.

In regards to any state aid, West Seneca’s Emergency Manager John Gullo said he’s optimistic, but hasn’t heard yet if any state aid will be provided.

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