40 Flooded Families Still Seek Permanent Shelter in Prince William

By Jane Watrel
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 PM EDT
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Three weeks after flooding destroyed hundreds of homes in a Woodbridge, Va., community, 40 families are still looking for a permanent place to live.

Jane Watrel

Three weeks after flooding destroyed hundreds of homes in a Woodbridge, Va., community, 40 families are still looking for a permanent place to live.

Almost three weeks since more than 100 Woodbridge, Va., residents lost their homes to flooding, 40 families are still living with family or friends as they try to find new permanent homes.

Karina Garcia, one of the Holly Acres Mobile Homes Park evacuees, is living with her family of five in a friend’s basement. For two weeks, Garcia’s family and others displaced by the flooding lived in Red Cross shelter and then a church run shelter.

“Most of these families, they are working,” said Nancy Lyall, of Mexicans Without Borders. “There are one or two or three members of the family who are working -- so they have jobs, they can pay the rent, they just can’t pay a lot of rent -- and so they also need to be close to their employment.”

A coalition of churches and organizations is coming together to help those who lived in those 69 trailers declared uninhabitable and slated to be destroyed.

Members of the Potomac Crest Baptist Church and other volunteers sort through mounds of donated clothing and shoes for the flood victims. They said they don’t need more of those items, but there is a desperate need for any sort of household goods.

But the donated items are just piling up until the displaced families find permanent places to put them.

A concert Saturday will benefit the flood victims.

Next week, Prince William County supervisors are expected to learn the cost of the flood damage.

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