In late August 2011, Hurricane Irene whipped across the East Coast of
the United States and Canada, leaving over $10 billion in damage, dozens
of deaths and thousands of lost homes and businesses in her wake.
Flooding devastated agricultural lands and communities from North
Carolina to Vermont in the days following the storm.
Fortunately, the direct impact of the storm on URJ congregations and
member families were minimal. The URJ worked closely with our
congregations in Woodstock and Brattleboro, VT, to bring relief to those
communities, where the flooding was particularly devastating.
Sadly, it is always the most vulnerable who bear the brunt of the
storms impact. Those without flood insurance or the wherewithal to
rebuild ruined homes and businesses will feel the effects of Irene for
years to come. Long after the media moves on to other stories, there
will be tremendous needs to be met in these communities.