WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Floods Destroy Woodbridge, Demolition Could Take Weeks

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

Demolition efforts have started at a trailer park in Woodbridge, more than a month after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee decimated the property.

Scott Beranek, owner of a home improvement company, is volunteering his expertise and labor to take homes apart. Other local companies have helped out by donating heavy equipment. Beranek says without the donations, the flood victims would have to pay for the demolition themselves.

He says the mess is so massive at Holly Acres Mobile Home Park that it will take nearly a month to clean everything up. He also says he could still use more help from companies that can haul trash away.

"We're not asking every company to step up and donate a ton, but if they could donate ten dumpsters," says Beranek. "Ten dumpsters, ten hauls."

Beranek is also recycling the scrap metal he finds on the site. He says it could be worth thousands of dollars, and that's money he hopes to split amongst the families whose homes were ruined in the flood.

NPR

Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
NPR

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
WAMU 88.5

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

Leave a Comment

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