Sings of Recovery: The Last FEMA Trailer Leaves Schoharie
The Bryant family has been living with a FEMA trailer in their front yard since November 2011. Not exactly the lawn ornament of choice for most families, but the Bryant’s were very grateful for theirs.
“I know it was an eyesore, but it was a place of solace and refuge where we could get away from everything that was happening in the house,” Mary Bryant recalls.
Mary’s husband Jim Bryant had a slightly different feeling about the FEMA trailer. “It was like living in a sardine can,” he joked.
The Bryant FEMA trailer was the last trailer in the Village of Schoharie to be pulled out. A milestone for a village where FEMA trailers were all too common a site, with over 40 throughout the hard hit region. Schoharie Recovery, Inc. Director Josh DeBartolo is aware of only three that remain in the flood damaged communities along the Schoharie Creek basin.
“There was a serious push over the past few months of volunteers who helped complete three total home rebuilds. The efforts enabled these three families to move out of their FEMA trailers by the April 1 deadline and back into their homes,” DeBartolo reports.
World Renew Disaster Response Services better known as the Greenshirts as well as Brethren Disaster Ministries and members of the Palantine Bridge Amish community are among the many volunteers who continue the hard work of rebuilding flooded homes in the SALT coverage area.
Happily, the Bryant family was able to share Easter dinner together back in their home. “We were grateful to have had the trailer but it is so nice to be home,” Mary and Jim Bryant’s daughter Alison stated.
Written by Jerrine Corallo.