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Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Woodbridge flood cleanup slowed by red tape

Some demolition work has occurred in the Holly Acres mobile home park, but more needs to be done and has been held up by red tape, some volunteers say. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Holly Acres mobile home park in Woodbridge, devastated by the floods of Sept. 8, remains a mess. A number of local contractors and businesses have offered to donate their goods and services to clean it up, but local regulations are keeping them from doing it, Inside reports.

In addition, 40 of the families displaced from Holly Acres still don’t have a permanent place to live, The Post reported.

One home improvement contractor, Fauquier-based Scott Beranek, told Inside Nova’s Kipp Hanley that he would perform the cleanup at no cost, in hopes that selling the scrap from the site would pay for his equipment costs.

But Beranek is only a Class C contractor, not allowed to do heavy construction or demolition, and it would take weeks or months to get a Class A license. McClung-Logan Equipment Company of Manassas and the Home Depot in Warrenton had offered equipment and materials to help, but Prince William County and the state have said no.

So the mudstrewn mess of damaged and abandoned homes remain. Read Hanley’s full report here.Also, The Post’s Jennifer Buske reported this week that 40 families are still looking for permanent housing. A benefit for those families will be held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the B Thrifty Shopping Center, at 13412 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge. Attendees will be asked to make a donation.

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Categories:  Woodbridge | Tags:  NoVa flood, Virginia

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