SALT Continues Recovery Efforts Nearly Three Years After Flood

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SALT Continues Recovery Efforts Nearly Three Years After Flood

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Mohawk Valley TWC
By Barry Wygel
July 15, 2014

Officials with Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery said about 75 percent of the properties that were damaged have been rebuilt, but even when that number reaches 100, work is not over. Reporter Barry Wygel has more.

SCHOHARIE VALLEY, N.Y. — For Suzanne Robinson-Parisi and her family, it’s a been a grueling three years.

“There was about a foot of water up into the second floor of this house,” said Suzanne Robinson-Parisi.

But giving up wasn’t an option.

“At the end of the day, this was our home. We had children that lived in this home. We did not want to make the decision under duress to leave,” said Robinson-Parisi.

Robinson-Parisi said they wouldn’t be getting ready to move back into their home if it wasn’t the help of the volunteers coordinated by SALT Recovery

“We are about 75 percent of the way through when we look at the original structures that were damaged,” said Sarah Goodrich, executive director of SALT Recovery

SALT Recovery was instrumental in the days and weeks immediately following the storm, and now three years later, the work they are doing is just as important.

“We continue to look at the longer range of recovery, because recovery is really a staged process,” said Goodrich.

Once the structural rebuilding is complete, SALT Recovery will focus on other aspects of the long-term recovery process. They will help municipalities deal with abandoned and foreclosed structures, work on rebuilding the various downtowns and maybe most importantly, prepare for the next flood.

“In the beginning we formed as a coalition, and we continue to work and operate under that format, so we bring together partners that have things to offer to the overall recovery picture,” said Goodrich.

But with much work left to do, there are enough success stories to give residents hope. Robinson-Parisi will be another one, when she moves back into her home within the next couple weeks, after being displaced for just under three years.

 

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