Westmoreland County community members bring droves of donations to help families affected by floods

A Westmoreland County community is rallying together, 48 hours after floodwaters ravaged the Greater Latrobe area

People came in droves to the Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department Sunday, dropping off donations and supplies for flood victims after said  this was the worst flood the area has ever seen.

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“It all started a little after six and it never stopped,” said Lt. David Vogle of the Lloydsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Thousands of donations poured in Sunday afternoon, as car after car dropped off bottles of bleach, cases of water, toiletries, and necessities.

“We were fortunate not to have been affected by it, but we definitely want to help out,” said Eric Thompson, who brought items to donate. “Our neighbor had a couple inches, someone else did too - and the lady next door to her had three feet. She lost her furnace, hot water heater, all kinds of stuff.”

Volunteers at the Lloydsville VFD kept the steady stream of donations in order, with the event being the department’s latest effort to assist those in need. Firefighters responded to 30 water rescues Friday.

“The whole Dorothy situation in our neighborhood -- the first call was a flooded basement, and we got there and couldn’t get to the house,” Vogle said.

The department opened up its social hall for people and their pets to use as a temporary shelter, even bringing in a veterinarian to check out the animals.

Vogle says local vendors have been pitching in to help, as well as neighboring volunteer fire departments. Members of the Bradenton VFD brought in fans, blankets, and pet food. Those efforts are now going beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.

“We’re teaming up with a department from Greensburg, and we’re taking a tractor trailer down to Kentucky this weekend. So what we can’t use here, we’re going to make sure it goes to flood victims in need,” Vogle said.

Firefighters will be collecting donations again Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.  and Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. If you can’t make it out, there is a way to donate online at lloydsvillevfd.org.

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