Keystone Elementary Hosting Resource Center For Flood Victims After Wolf Visit

Trudy Clark, a resident on Snowden Avenue in Bristol Township, tells Governor Tom Wolf about the raw sewage problem her neighbors experienced due to flooding. Photo by Rick Rickman.

The cafeteria at Keystone Elementary School in Croydon will be opening as a temporary resource center for flood victims Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at 1800 Keystone Street.

It’s one of the few options for people in need of help, like the residents of Snowden Avenue in Bristol Township. They’re still putting their lives back together after last Monday’s 100-year flood.

A dumpster on Snowden Ave filled with flooded out personal belongings. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bucks County Commissioner Bob Harvie announced the resource center during Governor Tom Wolf’s visit to Lower Bucks Friday. Wolf toured areas of Bristol and Bensalem hit by the flood and met with victims who had lost everything.

Wolf first stopped at the home of Trudy Clark on Snowden Avenue in Bristol Township. She held nothing back from the governor as she voiced her frustrations.

“My whole life is in that dumpster,” said Clark. “Twenty seven years of working three jobs. Sweat equity is in that dumpster.”

On top of the flooding, Clark said her whole street is facing another problem.

A critical sign outside of the Snowden Ave park project. Photo by Rick Rickman.

“They started building a wonderful playground for our children, but unfortunately them ripping it all up maybe caused something else to happen,” she told Governor Wolf. “Because then we all, every one of my lovely neighbors here, received raw sewage in their homes.”

Despite everything, Clark noted she was better off than some of her neighbors. One of her friends was there helping to clean out her home.

“Some of us have people that can help and then some of us don’t have people that can help, or the ability to pay for somebody to help them. They all need some sort of assistance,” she said.

A week after the flooding, Snowden Avenue’s residents may be able to get some much needed help. The Keystone Elementary resource center opening Tuesday will have representatives from twenty local and state agencies. 

The County of Bucks released a list of these agencies, available below:

  • American Red Cross
  • Bucks County Animal Response Team
  • Bucks County Area Agency on Aging
  • Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency
  • Bucks County Emergency Management Agency
  • Bucks County Health Department
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit Head Start Program
  • Bucks County Office of Military Affairs
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council
  • City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • PA Department of Transportation
  • PA Office of Attorney General
  • PA Emergency Management Agency
  • PA Housing Finance Agency
  • PA Insurance Commission
  • PA Labor and Industry
  • Salvation Army
  • Southeast Volunteers Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD)