Nutley residents work together to clean up, rebuild after Ida’s destruction

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NUTLEY, NJ — Some Nutley residents were in tears Monday as they worked to clean up in the Ida-devastated town.

Even people who’ve lived there for decades said they haven’t seen this level of damage in the town before after storms.

Resident David Kay organizer donations for families impacted by the deadly storm. He filled his basement with supplies and got 20 volunteers to drive in a caravan and drop the supplies off to residents.

“The loss is, I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” said lifelong Nutley resident Barbara Chiarieri.

Areas in Nutley were hit especially hard with flooding from Ida. Neighbors in the small town wanted to help each other but were not sure how.

“There was no central distribution point, I just became the central distribution point”, said David Kay, who organized donations of food and supplies for Nutley residents. Around 20 volunteers traveled in a caravan of cars to drop off supplies to surprised neighbors.

“It gives us hope that with the help of our community, and our neighbors, our family, our friends that we will pull through this”, said Jessica Maurizio whose house was badly damaged.

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