The flood may have occurred about 10 months ago, but its devastation can still be seen throughout the Susquehanna Valley. Crews continue to work to get people back into their homes, but things are a little tougher these days with the soaring temperatures. But as our Bill Mich tells us, the high heat is not breaking anyone's spirit to lend a helping hand.
ATHENS, Pa. -- Getting people back into their homes has been the ultimate goal for the Valley Relief Council since the flood. The group continues to bring in volunteers from across the country to help rebuild. This week, two groups are in town, one from Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, and another who rented a 15 passenger van and drove all the way from Aurora, Illinois.
"It was really unbelievable to see the amount of destruction and really the help that was needed here. So we are glad we can help out in any way we could," said Edward Bugg, the Grace Community Christian Church group leader.
The groups have been hard at work in Athens, simultaneously working on two different homes.
"We are doing the ceilings here, putting up dry wall and everything. And the other site, they are putting down trusses and getting floors in. So, two completely different projects, but everyone is working for one goal: Get everybody back in their homes," said Jeff Nutter, the Perryopolis First Christian Church group leader.
But since their arrival, the conditions have been hot, hazy and humid. Temperatures on Tuesday climbed into the 90s in the Twin Tiers and some of the volunteers in the groups are in hooded sweatshirts to protect themselves while installing insulation. The heat was affecting everyone differently in the groups but the one consistent fact was that nobody complained about it.
"This is nothing. Last year when we were in Mississippi, it was way worse. So, this is actually like, kind of nice for us," said Alfred White, a Grace Community Christian Church volunteer.
"It's really hot, it's really tough but I'm getting through it. It's not that bad. It was a lot worse last year. We're just getting through it. It is great to help people out," said Amber Angelo, a Perryopolis First Christian Church volunteer.
Armed with fans and Gatorade, these volunteers are in the Valley all week rebuilding homes while trying to beat the heat.