Since February, we’ve been giving out groceries in a parking lot that was once submerged in floodwater. The Waverly community has been helping us reclaim that space as one of resilience, not one of destruction.
Becky knows most everyone in Waverly. As she volunteered at our mobile food pantry, she was cutting up all day with the volunteers and those receiving food.
Before the flood in Waverly, Carmen had two freezers and two refrigerators full of food. Now, she comes to our mobile food pantry in clothes she received from a disaster relief center.
“My son had to go in the house that they rented [out] and wake the people up because they was asleep, and the baby was asleep in the living room, and it had water around it already.”
You don’t see the wreckage in Waverly until you’re surrounded by it. As you drive the hilly roads into the city, the buildings seem to be in pretty good shape until you dip into a valley, where there are hardly buildings at all, just piles of drywall, insulation, and belongings that no longer belong to anyone.