Community assists in cleanup effort at Greenbriar I [VIDEO]

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BRICK TOWNSHIP–Members of the community including high school athletes and members of the U.S. Coast Guard, were among those stepping up to help residents of the Greenbriar I community whose homes were inundated by floodwaters during a severe rainstorm Monday. 

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“The damage is terrible here and we wanted to do anything that we can to help,” said J.C. Barbour, a recent Brick Memorial High School graduate, on Wednesday as he surveyed the damage to some of the 105 homes that were flooded at the senior community.  

“It’s a lot worse than I thought it was, these people’s lives are on the curb and most of them didn’t have flood insurance and there is not much help that the government is going to be able to give. Anything we could do is worth it.”

On Wednesday morning, the recovery effort was underway with help from students from Brick Memorial and Brick Township high schools, members of local churches, the township’s Department of Public Works and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Volunteers went up and down Markham Road and adjacent streets, helping residents take out furniture, tear out drywall and wood floors and place them curbside for the township to later pick up. 

“They were amazing, when insurance is not paying for anything for any of these people, this is a town coming together and supporting its people,” said Holly Basile, whose mother lives on Markham and was taken to hospital after the flood on Monday. 

“It’s a family, you couldn’t ask for anything else. Having people here to help me is amazing and you can’t ask for more.”

Around 60 residents in Greenbriar I were evacuated from their homes on Monday afternoon after torrential rain storms caused some areas of the community to be flooded with up to 8 feet of water, according to Mayor John Ducey, who said floodwaters rose high enough to cover some street signs in low-lying areas. 

Those who did not stay with family were allowed to spend the night at the communitiy’s clubhouse, where the American Red Cross set up an area to assist those displaced by the storm.

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