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Wanted: Volunteers for storm cleanup, sites needing work

Two county men are organizing efforts this weekend in Central and Upper Bucks.

Wanted: Volunteers for storm cleanup, sites needing work

An oak tree blocks Greenhill Road in Lumberville, Solebury Township, toppled Monday by Sandy. Volunteers will help clear trees and other debris this weekend. (Bill Reed/Staff)
An oak tree blocks Greenhill Road in Lumberville, Solebury Township, toppled Monday by Sandy. Volunteers will help clear trees and other debris this weekend. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Two Bucks County men are enlisting volunteers to clean up the storm-ravaged central and upper parts of the county this weekend, and they’re looking for residents and neighborhoods that need help.

“We have a heck of a lot of volunteers,” Paul Dziewisz of Chalfont said Friday, “and we need to know where to send them.”

Dziewisz started a Facebook group called the Bux-Mont Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Team, and 150 volunteers have signed up to work Saturday and Sunday in Central Bucks, he said.

They will meet in the parking lot of Central Bucks High School West, at 375 W. Court St., Doylestown, at 7 a.m. each day before being dispatched to clear downed trees, branches and other debris.

“We won’t be doing with power lines,” Dziewisz said. “Just grunt work.”

Volunteers are asked to bring trash bags, shovels, saws, chain saws, and wheel barrows. SUVs and pickups are needed to get the crews and equipment to the sites.

In Upper Bucks, Dan Bencsik of East Rockhill Township  said he has about a dozen volunteers lined up and can use more help, plus sites that need clearing.

Those volunteers will meet at the municipal parking lot in Sellersville, next to the theater, at 8 a.m. Saturday. They are asked to bring saws, rakes and other tools and equipment.

Donations of water and non-perishable food items will be distributed to residents who have ben without power since Monday, Bencsik said.  

The cleanup effort will continue Sunday if an organizer and other volunteers step forward, he said.

To volunteer or ask for help in Upper Bucks, or for more information, e-mail Bencsik at  dan@buxmontawards.com or call 215-787-5052.

To sign up or ask for help in Central Bucks, e-mail Dziewisz at pdziewisz@gmail.com or call 267-626-7478.

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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