Minersville residents helping flood victims in neighboring towns

After the rain, the sun will shine.

That's the message volunteers in Minersville have for people in neighboring towns, who have been affected by flooding this week.

"There's another day, a brighter day," Minersville Borough Council Vice President, Ian Mahal, said Friday.

Mahal is one of several in the community who have organized relief efforts for local flood victims.

Wednesday, the borough put out a call to action on Facebook, asking residents to donate cleaning supplies, food, and clothes for those in need. By Friday morning, hundreds of items had been donated and dozens of people showed up to help sort through all of it.

"I saw the devastation and even a week after when you're seeing people's belongings out on the street and you see the tears, it's very distressing." Mahal said.

"It's a real tragedy what everybody's been going through," Christina Bowers said.

The donations will go to people who live in other towns in Schuylkill County.

Places like Pine Grove, Tremont, and Port Carbon have not been spared much from flooding this summer.

The Minersville collection ran from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

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