Lunch, dinner coming on Monday to Wilmington flood victims

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Lunch and dinner will be available to Wilmington residents displaced by last week’s flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Idea.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki continued to tour affected areas. The flooding Assessments of damage have displaced an estimated 250 people are continuing.

Food will be available to affected city residents beginning Monday and in the days that follow.  

Floodwaters affected some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Boxed lunches and hot dinners supplied by the Delaware Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (DEVOAD), the Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross will be provided directly to affected sections of the City by a mobile Red Cross truck in the morning and evening.
The Division of Social Services (DSS), Delaware Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (DEVOAD), Delmarva Power, and the City of Wilmington will continue to canvass neighborhoods throughout the weekend to inform residents about processes for re-electrification, reactivation of gas service, debris pick up, food delivery, and emergency housing.  Those with unsafe housing can contact the Social Services Call Center: 302-571-4900. Deaf or Hearing-Impaired individuals can call 7-1-1 and give the Customer Service Call Center number.

Delaware residents displaced by Hurricane Ida may also search for available housing and disaster recovery related resources using, or calling 1-877-428-8844. Residents should continue to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

The Governor’s Office, state agencies, City of Wilmington, and other community partners will be hosting a Disaster Reception Center for Hurricane Ida Flooding on Tuesday, September 7,  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 1121 Thatcher St. Representatives will be on-site from agencies that can gather information and provide recovery resources for those impacted by the recent flooding event. If possible, residents should bring:

  • a valid government-issued form of identification
  • proof of residency
  • insurance documents
  • proof of income

Wilmington’s Porter Filter Plant has normally been operating and has not had any interruptions in drinking water treatment.

The City has been using Hoopes Reservoir as the main water supply since the middle of last week as this water source was not adversely affected by the storm. Water treatment plant operators have continued to monitor and sample water supplies 24/7, and water quality has continued to meet or exceed quality standards.

Residents in flooded areas of the city only, as an extra precaution, are advised to clean their fixtures and allow water to run for 30 minutes, a release stated.

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