Destructive Summer Storm Still Causing Problems for the Poor

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM EDT

Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW) A strong summer storm that caused millions-of-dollars worth of property damage is still having an effect on low-income families in Lockport.

The Salvation Army and St. John's Outreach Center both telling Eyewitness News that they have seen an up-tick in those needing help since the storm hit at the end of June.

Food is the most urgent need; as it is thought that the floods wiped out reserves that were kept in basement freezers destroyed by rising rain waters and lack of electricity.

The effects are just now showing up in this season-of-need because the poor did not have funds to replace what was lost earlier this year.

And it is thought that financially struggling individuals are becoming overwhelmed as they try to rebound from losses caused by the storm combined with recent food stamp cuts.

The powerful storm flooded hundreds of basements in the Lockport area forcing residents to throw several million dollars worth of furniture, personal items, and clothing out in the trash

With the weather turning colder, charitable agencies are expecting to see a growing demand for winter clothing to replace items that were destroyed in flooded basements.