Andrea Wood, 19, floats through the homeless encampment on a borrowed kayak with a metal pole as her paddle as she searches for anything salvageable after a flash flood displaced her, her boyfriend Joshua Thompson, 18, and several other homeless people on the island on the Kennebec River in Waterville on October 14, 2022.
The American Red Cross gave Wood a $500 Visa card which she used $160 on laundry and the rest on waterproof suitcases and a couple of nights at the local motel. Wood also works a full-time job at the River Jack in Fairfield. She and her boyfriend are homeless after their roommates moved out leaving them with $1,800/month rent which they could not afford. Theyâve been in a tent since May looking for an affordable apartment, but waiting lists are long and rent is high.