Open house for flood-impacted residents
The severe flooding that hit the Southern Tier in September left many people wondering what to do next. People living in Broome and Tioga Counties were given the chance to ask experts some of those questions at an open house Tuesday. Our Elyse Mickalonis tells us why experts say people shouldn’t give up on the area just yet.
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- It’s been nearly seven months since flood waters engulfed parts of the Southern Tier.
“Five out of seven houses I own were impacted by the flood. Because most of those were rental properties, we didn’t qualify for many things,” said John Darrow, a Binghamton resident.
Now, a lot of people are asking: What’s next?
“This is the first time all these groups have been together under one roof where people could have many things addressed at once,” said Julie Lewis, (R) Broome County Legislator.
People got together Tuesday to chat with experts at an open house for those impacted by the flood. It was hosted by the Broome and Tioga County Planning Departments.
“Some people are not yet in houses and some couldn’t go back,” said Patricia Kilts, Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors President.
Information was available on everything from refinancing to historic preservation.
“I and many people don’t know the questions we want to ask, but now we have the contacts to ask those questions,” said Darrow.”
If you were hit hard by last year’s flood and are frustrated, experts say don’t worry, there are plenty of options.
“We have an abundance of houses and many of them are on high ground. I would never leave a community until I found a realtor I could talk to that could lead me to a house, so I wouldn’t have to leave an area I loved being in,” said Kilts.
Lewis added, “Look for something in the area, but not in a flood zone. Mitigate property if that’s possible. We don’t want to lose anybody. We want people to stick around.”
To rebuild and recover.
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