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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Group to hold benefit event for Prince William flood victims

The Woodbridge Worker’s Committee will hold a benefit event this weekend to raise money for Prince William County residents who were displaced by flooding earlier this month.

The event, which will include music, games and food, will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the B Thrifty Shopping Center, located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge. Attendees will be asked to make a donation, said Nancy Lyall, who works for the group.

Lyall said that although all 70 families displaced by Tropical Storm Lee have found temporary shelter, 40 families still need permanent housing.

Almost 70 homes in Holly Acres mobile home park in Woodbridge were condemned because of flood damage and 16 businesses along Route 1 have been declared unsafe for occupancy, county officials said. The Marumsco mobile home park and a condo community where a retaining wall gave way also were affected.

County supervisors allocated $65,000 in proffer funding to help the flood victims and $20,000 to the Dale City Recreation Center, which served as a makeshift shelter until First Mount Zion Baptist Church opened its doors last week to house more than 100 displaced residents.

“The flooding of Holly Acres was a terrible disaster, but the response was an excellent example of how the government and community can work together to overcome a tragedy,” said Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large).

The county and the school had set up a fund for donations but it was closed on Sunday. Donations can now be mailed to the Woodbridge Worker’s Committee, P.O. Box K, Woodbridge, VA 22194. All donations are tax deductible. People who want to volunteer can call 703-986-0931.

By  |  01:26 PM ET, 09/27/2011

 
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