ALBANY, N.Y. – Following flash flooding in Albany, which damaged homes and businesses, some Good Samaritans have stepped up to help those affected.
Donna Daniels-Bell of Albany is a 63-year-old who was overcome with grief as she realized her belongings were gone forever due to flooding in her basement at the Park Row Apartments. She lost family treasures and photos. However, when strangers heard about Daniels-Bell’s loss, they decided to help.
Daniels-Bell is now in a new apartment and she has some new furnishings and necessities to go with it after help from Good Samaritans. She says five people donated money and took her shopping to purchase new items. Her new apartment is in the same complex she was in before.
Those Good Samaritans want to remain anonymous. They were able to provide Daniels-Bell with a new bed and much more.
"A new table. A lady even took me grocery shopping. Dishes and towels,” explained Daniels-Bell.
She even has new sneakers and shoes, along with a comforter and sheets. Daniels-Bell says she is grateful for the fresh start and new friends.
“She was truly from God because we clicked right together and she said get whatever you want,” she said.
Although the flood is over and much of her life back on track, the emotional toll will take some time to heal says Daniels-Bell.
"I don't want to lose what people have bought me. I just don't want to and every time I hear the storm the storm again today it frightens me,” she said.
Daniels-Bell is still on a basement level apartment, which is why she was so concerned with Wednesday’s weather.
Construction crews say the apartments that were damaged will take about two months to repair.