Long Branch: Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the ARC Monmouth of Opportunity Center in the city, a facility serving the work and jobs of 150 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Damages to the building came from flooding that brought 2 feet of water above the floors of the entire building even as the floor is 3 feet above ground level.
The problem was heightened by a stream in a crawl space that stretches under a large section of the entrance and offices in the front of the building. The flooding throughout the building meant loss of records and files, computers, desks and office equipment, office space, much at the entrance area.
“It took 4 days to pump the water from under the crawl space,” said Assistant Executive Director Suzanne Liberi who was at the center on Saturday when Clean Ocean Acton launched another of its clean-up projects along the Jersey Shore.
COA’s “Waves of Action” continuum will go beyond the clean-ups and to the follow-on phases of rebuilding and getting the state back on its feet.
For the Work Opportunity Center the up and running may take a longer time than expected as engineers look over the challenge. “The stream means we can’t cement the present wood section of the floor as a remedy, and have to reinstall the wood, which is still wet since the October 29 drenching,” said Liberi.
Volunteers from the Pompton Lakes CERT team, members of the All Out Riderz Motorcycling Club (a state wide group), and ARC staff members were mopping floors, filling garbage bags and making the best they could to salvage supplies and furnishings.
The agency, a non-profit 501c3, lost an 18–foot delivery supply truck and vans for transportation in addition to the office items listed. “We will take all we can from donors of these much needed articles,” said Linda Porter, Director of Vocational Services. All donations are tax deductible.
They need the items ASAP. The center can be reached at (732) 493-1919, ext. 140, “If anyone can help us get back to work,” Porter said,