Waterbury Group Gets Boost In Rebuilding Efforts

03/12/12 4:04PM


AP/Toby Talbot
Volunteers unveil a fundraising sign during a news conference Monday in Waterbury. The group, Rebuild Waterbury, is working to rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed homes and businesses.

The long road to recovery from Tropical Storm Irene continues in Waterbury, but it got a big boost on Monday.

The Stiller Family Foundation announced it will make a $250,000 matching grant to help continue making repairs to homes severely damaged when the storm triggered flooding in August.

On Monday, local leaders joined construction crews to tour properties - including Lugene Pitman's - where work continues. Pitman's home was flooded above the doorknobs on the first floor when the nearby Thatcher Brook overflowed its banks.

Her recovery has been aided by more than 700 hours of volunteer labor - much of it by the Burlington-based ReTRAIN Youthbuild Program.


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