Pulling Together in the Face of Natural Disaster: Braintree

Braintree's response to Irene

Volunteers, including LaRae Francis and Carol Blodgett from Gifford’s lab,
stand in front of a burn pile at the site of Ken Perry’s former Thayer Brook Road
home in Braintree.

The following is an excerpt from our 2011 Annual Report.

Brenda Wright from Gifford’s Environmental Services Department was standing in boyfriend Ken Perry’s Thayer Brook Road home when it began to break apart. Irene’s torrential rain caused Thayer Brook to sweep over its banks, taking away much of Ken’s Braintree land, including that which supported the house.

They lost nearly everything, and on Oct. 28 – exactly two months after the flood – demolished the ruined home.

A group, including LaRae Francis, Carol Blodgett and Robin Palmer from Gifford, arrived the next morning to help pick up remaining debris to be trashed or burned. LaRae brought a group from her church. Carol hadn’t yet been to sleep after her night shift in the lab.