Friday, April 18, 2014 - 3:30:00 PM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Effects of the 2011 Floods Two Years Later

Saturday was the 2 year anniversary of the 2011 floods that devastated our area and people are still trying to recover. Fox 40 talked with some of them and took a look back at what happened on that day 2 years ago.

It's hard not to find someone in Owego who wasn't affected by the 2011 floods.The town is still recovering and so are its businesses that were forced to close for weeks and months and then start all over again like Rhonda Renelles, owner of Sweet Valley Chocolates and Backery.

"We opened approximately a year before the flood happened and we did get water on the first floor," she said. "We were closed for three months and we weren't sure if we were going to be able to reopen at all."

The owner of Johns Fine Foods on North Ave in Owego couldnt get back to his store until 2 days after the flood.

"We had 3 feet of water here in the store. I don't know we probably lost well over 100,000 worth of merchandise at least," John Hitchings said.

But there was one thing that kept the  people of the small town going and that was their reliance on each other.

"The glorious thing about Owego is just everyone worked together to help each other," Lisa Curatolo said.

Soon businesses reopened and people slowly started coming to Owego's downtown again.

"I just didn't want to get beaten by the flood if I was going to close I wanted it to be for other reasons and not something like that," Renelles said.

Business owners in Owego said it was the support of everyone in the Southern Tier that helped rebuild their downtown.

"People from Vestal, people from Endicott, Endwell, Towanda, Sayre, everyone came to help support the businesses in the downtown," Curatolo said.

But while it has been two years some say business still isn't the same.

"It's not like it was. And it's not just me it's everybody. You talk to everybody and everybody is still down," Hitchings said.

However the business owners also said they are hopeful that things will be back to normal soon but the possibility of another flood does remain in the back of their minds.

VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: Owego, Tioga County or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Officers are Cracking Down during 'Operation Speed Week' VIEW VIDEO
If potential travel plans are on your horizon, you may want to be a little more careful driving this week.   Starting April 17th and running through the 24th, New York State is holding "Operation... more

17 East Nightclub Now on Lockdown VIEW VIDEO
It's official now. A  Binghamton City Court Judge has granted the city's petition for the immediate lockdown of the 17 East nightclub, on Cinton Sreet. Myor Rich David will post the official... more

Two Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Chenango VIEW VIDEO
Two men arrested, one on drug charges last night in the town of Chenango, during what police say was a routine traffic stop. 27 year old David Wesser of Endwell, and 20 year old Aasin Hassinger,... more

American Idol Tour to Kick Off in Binghamton VIEW VIDEO
If you've just finished watching American Idol on FOX 40 this evening, you might be pretty excited to hear that the American Idol Live 2014 tour is kicking off this June, in Binghamton. It will... more

Arrest Warrant Issued for Waverly Meth Lab VIEW VIDEO
An arrest warrant has been issued in the case of the mobile meth lab that we told you about earlier this week. Police are looking for 26 year old Joshua E. Donahue who is wanted on charges of... more

Owego Mayor Kevin Millar in Court for Pre-Trial Conference VIEW VIDEO
The DWI case against Owego Mayor Kevin Millar has been adjourned until next month. That is the result of a pre-trial conference in Waverly Thursday afternoon. A toxicology report is still not... more

Casino at Tioga Downs would mean Golf Course VIEW VIDEO
If Tioga Downs wins a license from the state to operate as a casino you may want to take your clubs. Wednesday Tioga Downs announced it will enter into a partnership with the Tioga Country Club in... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

FOX 40 Poll


Which Social Media Site Do You Use The Most?
 
Twitter
 
Facebook
 
LinkedIn
 
MySpace
 
Other
 
None
   

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...