Church of God Ministry sends 150 volunteers to help clean up Upper Dublin after Ida’s injury – CBS Philly

OTHER DUBLIN CITY, PA. (CBS) -There is still a long way to go here in Upper Dublin in terms of cleanup. Cars are opening and trees are still on almost every street.

But on Sunday, a group of residents gave a glimmer of hope.

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“Never. I always thought Pennsylvania was the safe state,” Gwen Hart said. “Never thought for a million years that this could happen.”

Over the last several days it has been the same routine here in Upper Dublin.

“That was bad. I mean, our house started flooding. It flooded the whole house, rain was just seeping through the ceiling and my room, ”Hart said. “In fact, the ceiling fell through. So yes, we can not stay there for a while. ”

The residents wake up and take to the streets that no longer feel like being at home while they continue to clean up the mess that Ida leaves behind.

“I can not live in my house,” said Brenda Sullivan. “It is uninhabited at this time and I am only two doors down from Laura, my ceilings are down. I have not even been in my basement. ”

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But on Sunday, a silver lining came in the form of volunteers in light green vests.

“They just showed up today,” Sullivan said. “Thank God they’re wonderful, I have to say thank you.”

The Ministry of the Church of God sends nearly 150 people to help.

“They actually cut down the tree with the residents, and they pick up all the branches and then everything else they need help with,” Kimberly Atkins said.

Atkins said the organization has volunteers from the New Jersey-Pennsylvania area as well as from Washington DC After cleanup, they even surprised some with care packages.

“Just a kind of consolation gift,” Atkins said, “but the real gift they gave me was their time and their love.”

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Residents told Eyewitness News that the problem now is finding a place to dump all this waste. That Upper Dublin Township Facebook page said Monday, Sept. 9, they will make a special yard waste collection for some residents.

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