The spring cleanup season took on new meaning this year with flood cleanup and Green Up rolled into one giant effort. Mad River Long Term Recovery Spring Clean Irene work in the four towns has helped many homeowners with outside home and yard projects.
The Green Up to Recover effort has targeted extra cleanup to collect flood debris and trash mainly along the Mad River corridor. Groups of volunteers from the University of Vermont and Green Mountain Valley School have spent time in the Mad River Valley recently and picked up more than 200 bags of trash.
Green Up Day saw an especially hard-working effort all over The Valley. In all, nearly nine tons of trash was picked up in the Mad River Valley alone – a typical Green Up Day nets one to two tons of trash. The statewide Green Up to Recover project along with Casella and the WSI Landfill in Moretown have helped cover the trash removal costs. Additional cleanup on projects small and large will continue in the coming weeks as needed.
Local flood relief organizers have two main messages for local residents, according to Asah Rowles, chair of the Mad River Long Term Recovery Group.
“What can Mad River Long Term Recovery do for you? Many things related to flood recovery. Help is available with applying for disaster relief grants. Find out about discounts for building materials from local retailers. Contact an expert for help for ongoing mold issues in your home. Volunteers are available to help with wrapping up construction projects, moving back home, getting your yard in shape for summertime,” Rowles said. Visit www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene. Call 496-6089 or stop by HQ in the Mason’s Lodge, 4376 Main Street, Waitsfield.