“She was hit really, really hard,” said Girman.
In emails, Boudreault has detailed what happened -- her home was filled with mud and sludge, ruining furniture and walls. The basement still had water in it almost two weeks after the hurricane flood had receded, and she was fearful to find out what damage lurked down there. She also does not have flood insurance. Little help of real use to flood victims is available, despite the influx of emergency response agencies that have come into the area.
Though Boudreault hasn’t asked for help directly, her classmates have reached out and taken their own initiative. Girman sent an email to classmates, and others have set up contacts through social media such as Facebook.
“We’ve already gotten a tremendous response,” she said. Some have sent money, and some who live near New York City have offered to let Boudreault stay in their homes. Others still have sent notes of encouragement and prayers.
Girman suggested that Amesbury residents who want to help out can send inquiries to her at email@example.com, or write directly to Boudreault at 1 Beach 221 Street, Breezy Point, NY 11697.