Now Hurricane Ida has moved on from the area, the Upper Dublin Township community is rallying together to clean up what the tropical storm tore down, writes Bob Brooks for 6abc.
Volunteers have begun cleaning up trees and debris piled up in front of many houses, including the home of Carol and Rick Kocher.
“It’s just amazing that they come from all the neighborhoods in the area,” said Rick.
“We don’t even know them,” added Carol. “They even had like 20 people out here yesterday.”
The effort has been organized by Barbara Mass through the Facebook page UD Storm Damage 9/1 Helping Hands. She felt compelled to give back to the community after volunteers cleaned up her home.
“First you might walk into a house and you cry because that sucks,” said Mass. “Then you walk into a house and you see all these people coming and that’s amazing. So, the tears, they just come.”
The storm also significantly damaged the township building, including the police department, Upper Dublin High School, and Fort Washington Elementary School.
The Township administration is currently operating out of the Fort Washington Fire Department building.
Read more about the volunteer efforts in Upper Dublin Township at 6abc.