Aliquippa was the recipient of a recent gulley-washer/flash flood, and Franklin Ave. was the gulley. It was a raging river. The car on the left in the attached photo is one of the cars from the Community of Celebration. It collected lots of debris, some of it large pieces, and also some water, but the mechanic has given it a clean bill of health.
Three and a half inches of rain in one and a half hours, which is a lot for this area. Also, the ground was very hard from lack of rain, and didn't absorb any of the impact of the water. There were from 6 to 15 inches in the community's basements -- a mixture of rain and sewage -- not a very nice blend! They've spent the last 6 days and nights emptying basements, washing away the muck, disinfecting with bleach, and spraying with antimicrobial, anti-mold, anti-odor solution, and they're not finished yet. Both State and Federal Emergency reps have been there and it looks pretty certain that downtown Aliquippa will be declared an official disaster area of some sort. Some folks might say, "What's new?"
The Uncommon Grounds Café (a major ministry of the community) was hit even harder because they are farther down the Ave. They got 4 ft. of sludge in the basement and about a foot on the first floor. They lost most of their food supplies which were stored in the basement, along with friges and freezers.
Aliquippa Police lost 4 or 5 of its cars as well as the cars of those on duty. The Library lost most of the children's books. It's a real mess, and all involved seek your prayers for the recovery of homes and businesses along the Avenue.
The Café could use financial assistance. Contributions for Uncommon Grounds clean-up can be sent to
Church Army National Headquarters
210 West North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
with 'Uncommon Grounds recovery' in the memo line.
There has been a tremendous outpouring of cooperation by individuals and groups in Aliquippa, and the Café is at the heart of it. What Celebration has been working so hard to achieve--mobilizing the community to come together and work for the common good of Aliquippa's recovery is happening big time as a result of this tragedy. A big silver lining.
Thanks for your support.
Labels: Celebration, charity, relief