Road To Recovery
Athens Holds Street Festival to Celebrate Flood Recovery
Athens, Bradford County - One year after historic flooding damaged dozens of businesses in Athens, the community came together Friday for a celebration of all the recovery efforts.
"It's hard to believe that it has been a year," Cyndie Gannon Cooper said.
One year ago this weekend, South Main Street in Athens was underwater. This weekend, it is a much different scene as businesses and vendors have taken to the outdoors for a special street festival.
"Our goal was to have something in the area and something on the street for the homeowners, for the people who left that may be in Sayre," Gannon Cooper said.
During the historic flood of 2011, some businesses took on more than seven feet of water in the downtown business district.
People who live and work in Athens say the area has come a long way.
"We had 41 businesses devastated and we have 35 back," Athens president association president Deanna Barrett said. "We have room for six more."
One of the businesses that still isn't completely back is Jay Carpet One & Furniture.
The owner has taken the last year to remodel and restructure his store.
"Right now, we're in temporary quarters. We've been there since the day of the flood and we're really about to move back here in about another few weeks," owner David Rosenbloom said.
The borough's post office is still closed but they just got new computers on Friday. The post office is expected to re-open in a few weeks as well.
"I don't think there was anybody that didn't put their best foot forward, starting as soon as the water was here and as soon as the mud and muck were laying out there," Gannon Cooper said.
The street festival will continue on Saturday in Athens.