Volunteers help local Vietnam veteran

DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – Every time it rains, homeowner Len Recore gets nervous because he says the water comes in so strong at times it’s like someone is blowing it inside his home.

“I really start flipping out when I hear raindrops. I just know it’s going to be a long day or a long night,” he explained to News 4.

Recore says that when it rains an inch or more, the basement in his Depew home floods, often ruining whatever is in its path.

“When it rains I get so much water coming into my sump pump. I have three pumps that I have to keep running. I’m pumping out sometimes 10,000 gallons of water an hour,” Recore said.

Recore’s daughter noticed he was running out of options to fix the problem so she contacted Vets H.E.R.D., a non-profit that helps veterans like Recore in need. On Sunday volunteers from Vets H.E.R.D. worked for hours removing soil from the yard and filled it with 18 yards of clean clay.

Philip Arnold, the President of Vets H.E.R.D. said, “What we’re doing is a six to seven foot trench along the side of his house to form like a wall so the water won’t penetrate into the basement.”

All of the labor and materials will cost Recore, a veteran of the Vietnam War nothing. “Usually a project like this, if you go through a retail contractor, it would be over $2,500. Today it’s costing him nothing,” said Arnold.

With a big smile, Recore explained how thankful he was for the group’s help. He hopes this solves the problem and helps him sleep better the next time it rains.

“I couldn’t express in words how grateful I am,” said Recore. “Even if it alleviates some of it, one way or another I’m going to be grateful because it’s got to help.”

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