The Rochester Relief Committee distributed its first round of aid in late September to residents who suffered significant damage from Tropical Storm Irene. More than 40 packets of “Flood Coupons” were delivered to local families. The coupons are redeemable at 17 local businesses. Our local participating merchants will be reimbursed for the full face value of the coupons. Designed to aid both the families and our local businesses, the Flood Coupon program was a first small step to provide outreach and distribute the moneys that have been generously donated to our Relief fund by friends of Rochester far and wide. Each packet contains 10 coupons with a face value of $10. They can be used in a single business for a $100 purchase or spent in smaller amounts at several different businesses.
The Relief Committee’s second round of aid is currently providing grants of up to $500 for basic and urgent needs and reimbursement of up to $1000 for flood debris removal. The application process for “Immediate and Urgent Need” is simple and grants can be awarded within several days.
The Committee has finalized its application process for grants over $500. A “Flood Relief Application” can be found at the link above, at the Rochester Town Office or by contacting any committee member. The Committee meets every Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Rochester Town Office. All meetings are open to the public. Committee minutes are posted on the bulletin board outside the town office. You may contact any committee member personally for more information. The committee members are: Dan McKinley, Peg McKinley, Sandy Haas, Lois Bond, Kathryn Schenckman, Anni MacKay, Pastor Greg Homan, Andrew West, Madison Fuller and Doon Hinderyckz.
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“The rain has none of the killing power of a hurricane,
mere rain the woodlands and we can well endure.”
— Rochester resident Lee Pennock Huntington
writing about the flood of 1938
in Hill Song A Country Journal.