Physical And Emotional Mess Remains After Va. Flooding | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Physical And Emotional Mess Remains After Va. Flooding

Play associated audio
Scott Beranek (in blue) says each dumpster gets filled and hauled to the landfill 4-5 times each day.
Jonathan Wilson
Scott Beranek (in blue) says each dumpster gets filled and hauled to the landfill 4-5 times each day.

Scott Beranek runs the small home improvement company Vista Properties, and for the past two days, he and another worker have started the intimidating task of demolishing the dozens of trailers left uninhabitable by the flooding that ravaged Holly Acres Mobile Home Park after Tropical Storm Lee in August.

"We're looking at probably three and a half weeks. Seven days a week, 12 hours a day," says Beranek, of the work.

Beranek is volunteering his time. He says just getting the right equipment cost about $50,000, but thankfully it's been donated by other area companies.

"We need more companies to step up and donate more dumpsters," Beranek says. "Right now we've got about 30 donated, so we're about 120 shy of where we need to be."

Maribel Cervantes used to live in one of the ruined trailers at Holly Acres with her husband, baby and in-laws. Right now, the family is staying with relatives andwould like to find a new place, but it's a challenge financially. Their old rent was $800 a month, and she says they're having trouble finding anything under $1,300 a month now.

Even so, Cervantes says the help the community has given so far has been overwhelming.

"I just want to thank all those people -- people who've given clothes, donations. I just wanna thank all those people," she said in a phone interview Friday.

More help may be on the way. Beranek says there could be nearly $20,000 of scrap metal at the mobile home park. He's hoping to split that money amongst the families victimized by the flood.

NPR

How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?
NPR

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.
NPR

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.
NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.