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HomeTown launches flood resource website

Town launches flood resource website

abass@northstarreporter.com

After flash floods damaged 200 houses, the town has launched a web site that provides resources for those affected.

Launched on Sept. 13, the site offers information about where residents can access certain amenities, such as operational showers at the YMCA’s Hurley branch, sandbags at the Department of Public Works, and working printers and fax machines at the Richards Memorial Library.

The website also provides contact information for the Fire Department and Senior Services for emergency assistance.

Council President Justin Pare said the site is part of a long-term strategy to create an accessible way to find resources for future floods.

He said more resources will become available from the stateand hopes that the federal government may also provide relief after Gov. Maura Healey reached out to the Biden administration following the flooding of North Attleborough and neighboring communities.

“This is an evolving situation,” Pare said. “With the state declaration of emergency and maybe a federal declaration, more and different resources will become available for our residents.”

The web site’s launch comes two days after a rainstorm hit the town, resulting in several flash floods in the area.The flooding caused damage to 200 homes, created sinkholes, knocked down trees, and destroyed pieces of infrastructure in North Attleborough.

According to North Attleborough Fire Chief Chris Coleman, more than 10 inches of rain fell during the evening, and more than 2,000 power outages were reported.

The fire department received 145 calls and had to conduct rescues  throughout the night of Sept.11. Fire departments from 20 different towns and cities also assisted the NAFD that evening.

During a visit on Sept. 12, Gov. Maura Healey said her administration is considering all options for providing relief to the town, including filing a supplemental bill that requests funding.

In the meantime, Pare said the town would provide more updates and resources online and in-person, such as supplying sandbags and meals for senior citizens

“It will take a while,” Pare said. “One important job the town can do is make sure we help people aware of what those resources are.”

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