Updated 05/15/2012 07:36 PM
Schoharie County sticks together
Schoharie County flood relief workers met Tuesday to talk about recovery past, present and future. Our Maria Valvanis has more on the work that lies ahead.
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SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Schoharie Area Long Term Executive Director Sarah Goodrich said, “As much as we've done and as far as we've come, there is more to do. There is more than we've done left to do.”
Though it’s been nearly nine months since Tropical Storm Irene hit, Sarah Goodrich, Executive director of Schoharie Area Long Term relief, better known as S.A.L.T., knows county residents still have their work cut out for them.
Goodrich said, “Many houses still left to be worked on. Many, many, people still not back in their homes and for those that are in there houses, many are still working.”
Like the Smiths, who moved back into their Schoharie village home of 35 years last week, but have yet to really feel like they're at 'home' again.
Betsy Smith said, “It's almost like starting all over again, because we're here, but we have boxes of things that we're in storage and then boxes of muddy things that need to be dealt with.”
And S.A.L.T. is helping deal with those problems, working as a coordinating council for the county by distributing volunteers from various organizations to help residents get back on their feet. Whether it be by picking up a paint brush or fundraising through different campaigns, like the one they have going on now.
“The green ribbons are out there and available for sale. It's a symbol of hope and re-birth,” said Goodrich.
And Goodrich also praises volunteers and the community for making a re-birth possible.
Goodrich said, “Many of us have the feeling that will be better than we ever were before too because of all this working together.”
And working together is what makes all the hard work worth it in the end.
Tom Smith said, “This is home and you start to learn about what home means to you.”