Pitching in following Irene


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 29, 2011

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, which killed at least 40 people in 11 states along the U.S. East Coast and left 3.3 million without power as of Tuesday morning, a Boston seafood company is pitching in.

Sousa Seafood has donated 5 tons of ice to the citizens of Marshfield, Mass., without power since Irene tore through New England on Sunday.

Sousa’s Mark Picard and Juan Landeverde loaded nine vats of ice into a company truck on Monday afternoon, drove it to Marshfield and then shoveled the ice into the people’s coolers and bags.

“We may be shipping ice all week,” said Mike Sousa, company president and owner. “We were lucky that the plant kept power when so many areas are without electricity. We are sending every pound of ice in the building not used for fish. It is our chance to give back, and we are happy to do it.”

Irene swept across the U.S. East Coast this weekend, making landfall near Cape Lookout, N.C., on Saturday morning and diminishing to a tropical storm Sunday night as it moved northward into Atlantic Canada. Irene caused a lot of headaches for fishermen, shellfish farmers and seafood processors and distributors from North Carolina to Maine, but the storm wasn’t as destructive as weather forecasters had feared.

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