Volunteers to hang up boots after helping out in flood-stricken Edgecumbe




Almost 1200 volunteers have been rolling their sleeves up in Edgecumbe over the past week to help residents clean flood-damaged homes, but the work is nearly done.

Jehan Casinader speaks with those whose lives have been turned upside down by this month's disaster.
Source: Seven Sharp

From 2pm on today, authorities in the Bay of Plenty town will now stop accepting online registrations from those keen to volunteer their time to help.

"Although there is still a lot of work to be done in Edgecumbe the bulk of the work the volunteer army can help with is now winding up," volunteer coordinator Pim de Monchy said.

He said the number of volunteers coming from as far afield as Germany and the Czech Republic who had pitched in to help hundreds of home owners since April 10 was "truly mind blowing".

"Already more than 5500 hours have been contributed. It can be quite physical [work] so we are immensely grateful for their energy," he said.

Mr de Monchy said Edgecumbe residents were still able to contact authorities and request help from volunteers if they wished.

There will be also be no volunteer organised clean-ups this weekend so coordinators can have a break and help their own families, he said.

As evacuated residents returned to their homes, volunteers turned up in droves to help with the town's clean-up.
Source: 1 NEWS

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