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Community bands together to help following wind storm

If there is anything positive to be found about the Jan. 11 wind storm that caused so much destruction to homes in Pinetta and other areas of Gloucester County, it showed yet again the caliber of the community, pulling together, neighbor helping neighbor, to get things done.


Gloucester’s emergency services coordinator Creig Moore said last Thursday during a presentation on the storm to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, that the number of volunteers who showed up to help clear debris and make temporary repairs “spoke volumes” about the community.


According to Moore, a freak storm system the afternoon of Jan. 11 picked up speed while crossing the York River, fueling wind gusts of up to 89 miles per hour in areas of northern Gloucester County. About 50 homes were damaged by falling trees and debris.


He reported that dispatchers with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office received 252 calls in a four-hour period. “T...

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