[QUOTE=Mika;711029]Does anyone know if or how Camp Victory was impacted? They were the selected charity for this year. I have checked their site and didn't find any information.[/QUOTE]
Jamie, the Director, contacted me and sent me some pics. Here's her comments:
>>You probably already know about the horrible devastation that is happening here in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. Camp Victory has been very fortunate and not had any flood damage....but, unfortunately the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds had been devastated! This is not the first time that flooding has occurred there...but they are saying that this is the worst. If you'll go to my profile page, I've posted some aerial pictures that includes some of the fair grounds.<<<<
Looks like they're o.k.
Great! Thank you for the update.
[QUOTE=r11rs94;711022][SIZE="3"]Thank God they didn't change the rally date to hurricane season.[/SIZE][/QUOTE]
Hate to tell you this, but the hurricane season runs from June to November with the peak of activity in September.
Heartbreaking to see these pix.
Its sobering to think that the area where most of the Rally attendee's camped was under water (up to 10' deep). This rally had great facilities, venders, food, events, etc. The heat was something unusual to say the least but, everything else was first class. My heart goes out to those affected by the flooding.
[QUOTE=61971;711243]Hate to tell you this, but the hurricane season runs from June to November with the peak of activity in September.Rapunzel[/QUOTE]
I worked insurance claims over 30 years and was frequently sent to handle hurricane claims. I was never sent to handle hurricane claims in June or July but I was away from home for several years in a row on my mid September birthday.
Using the old tried and true "Lighting not striking twice" saying. I would go back.
Love the town and the whole set up at the fairgrounds if we had a little more a/c to hide in and some seats to rest on I will be there. I think we do need some rooms for the speakers that have a/c. Cattle barns are a little lame for me.
The town and the people were incredible. I hope they recover quickly from this flooding.
Heat aside, the folks there were indeed very receptive/friendly to me and others I talked to. Wishing them the best to come through this Aok. It was indeed a very pretty area of the USA to visit. Randy:thumb
I'll pass on the heat AND the floods.
BLOOMSBURG - For the first time in its 156-year history, the Bloomsburg Fair is canceled.
That's the double-whammy for the food vendors. Many of their local homes and shops were flooded, and now their big revenue event is cancelled.
Sorry to see all the destruction in Bloomsburg. The town opened the doors for us, and residents could not have been nicer.
[QUOTE=35303;712167]BLOOMSBURG - For the first time in its 156-year history, the Bloomsburg Fair is canceled.
oh, that is going to hurt a lot of very nice people. :(
[QUOTE=cyclepath;712353]Sorry to see all the destruction in Bloomsburg. The town opened the doors for us, and residents could not have been nicer.[/QUOTE]
The people and the town were some of the nicest folks you will ever meet. I didn't meet a single unfriendly person in the entire town. The only policeman I saw was the one directing traffic after the closing ceremonies (there was no need).
I rode through Bloomsburg on my way to the Poconos Rally, on Friday 9/16. The route up on 15/11 was in great shape until just before the interchange with 42. Then you see evidence of high water and the road is badly damaged in places. Approaching the fairgrounds, I stopped and took pics of the entrance area. The 8 foot fence surrounding the site was covered to the top with flood debris.
The scene got more surreal with National Guard and police stationed throughout, keeping traffic moving. You go thru that small residential area adjacent to the fairgrounds, and it was sad to see people's belongings on the sidewalks, folks still shoveling mud out of their homes, etc. Several homes had the surrounding dirt swirled away to where you saw the basement walls all the way to the footers, and steps from the porches were gone. Two homes on the right side were undermined so much they collapsed into their footprint. More National Guard, a Red Cross Aid Site with supplies, and a police command post...lots of stores advertising cleaning supplies and building materials. Sad indeed.
The main downtown area did not get hit as hard. I stopped at Marley's for lunch and they had just reopened, and all town water was still under boil orders. The bartender mentioned that FEMA may buy out several properties to get the residents out of the area.
Local papers had pics of the cleanup at the fairgrounds, and stories of the business lost due to the fair cancellation.
On a happy note, many businesses posted signs that they were open and thanks to the volunteers who are working in the town.
We rode through on the way home yesterday from the BDB rally. How incredibly sad. We came down from the area where the GS Giants camped at Whispering Pines and could see severely damaged cabins/houses by the water. People's belongings were strewn through the fields. We also stopped at Marleys for lunch and the down town area didn't look so bad....until we continued on towards the fairgrounds.
National Guard was stationed at nearly every street corner. Red Cross had stands set up in various places. As we got closer to the fairgrounds, we could see entire contents of homes sitting on the curb and people shoveling/hosing down mud. The homes near the gate of the fairgrounds were the worst to see. Several homes are now sitting in their own backyards. A few were completely caved in. The fence around the main gate area (where the RV's were parked) is gone and the entire area looks like the aftermath of a war zone.
I feel so very bad for the town and its people who welcomed us with open arms just a few short weeks ago.