April 20, 2024
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By Dino Ciliberti

Residents of Maplevale, Yardley and surrounding communities are now raising money to help them recover from the recent flash floods.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish and Lower Makefield Is a Great Place to Live, a Facebook group, have each set an individual goal of $100,000.

Lower Makefield Township officials held a meeting with local residents last week to discuss repair work following the storm of July 15, which caused flooding in some homes, and created sinkholes close to the Delaware River Canal.

To maximize their impact, three groups of community members are working together to collect monetary donations and distribute them. According to the organizers, they aim to alleviate financial and emotional burdens that were caused by this ordeal.

Flood damage caused by the flood on Maplevale Lane & Meadow Drive included extensive cleanup and restoration as well as loss of flooring, appliances, cars, furniture and driveways. Most of this is not covered under insurance.

Organizers estimate that flash flooding damages will cost up to hundreds of thousands dollars.

John Celentano is a Yardley local who helps administer the St. Ignatius Emergency Fund. He said: “We appreciate all those who helped to raise money up until now and we are prioritizing funds for effective distribution.” There is still much work to do to help our neighbors despite this disaster.

The Credit Counseling Center, a nonprofit organization based in Bucks County that provides financial and housing counseling as well as cleaning supply grants to Lions Clubs is researching additional funding.

This tragic flooding has rocked the residents’ lives. Dan Borstein is the president of Yardley-Makefield Lions Club. “Several feet of flood water have accumulated on homes, playsets and backyards. Appliances and personal belongings were also damaged.” We hope to raise money in order to help ease the financial burden of this real disaster.

The groups have set a collective goal of $100,000.

The Emergency Fund set up by St. Ignatius raised over $80,000. In addition, the Yardley-Makefield Lions Club, and local Facebook groups have each raised about $5,400.

Jill Laurinaitis is an administrator for the Lower Makefield Is a Great Place to Live Facebook page. She said, “We are hoping that by joining together and setting up a goal to raise money we can communicate to the public the importance and urgency of this situation.” Many residents did not have flood insurance. The local Facebook group, which has 11,000 members in total, has helped others so many times in crises and need. “Even if our members each give a couple of dollars to Maplevale Fund it can have an enormous impact on the group.”

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