One Year Later: Nescopeck Making Progress in Flood Recovery
Nescopeck, Luzerne County-- It's been 12 months now since flood waters devastated much of northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
Today, we're taking a look at the progress made in many communities over the past year.
Like so many other communities, people in Nescopeck had a very tough road to recovery after the Flood of 2011.
But through a combination of hard work, steady resolve, and willing volunteers-- they're well on their way to a comeback.
Physically, little remains of the damage Nescopeck sustained after the historic flood.
But people say memories of the destruction will be etched in their minds forever.
Kara Thompson, of Nescopeck, recalled, "I just couldn't believe how fast the water came in, and all the devastation that it was causing so quickly."
The serenity here today belies the chaos that ensued one year ago-- when the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks-- sending flood water gushing into dozens of homes and businesses.
But over the past several months, many homeowners and tenants have moved back in.
Justin Crispell, of Berwick, said, "Our community is tight and strong. We always stay together, we always fight together. This is just another fight."
And businesses have either returned to their old locations-- or, like Homestead Furniture-- have found new homes.
Owner Michael Vogt explained, "We were fortunate. We had another building a block up the street. We were back open in 5 days with a temporary store. We made the decision later on to re-model and stay up there because it's high and dry."
Many call it a simple case of neighbor helping neighbors-- like Kara Thompson, who offered a place to stay for flood victim Carl Cain's family.
Thompson noted, "You know, it's one of those things-- it was 9 o'clock at night, their basement sounded like a waterfall was coming in, and I said, 'just come home with us.' There was nowhere else for them to go that I knew of."
Cain added, "I spent probably 5 weeks with the Thompsons myself. My wife was there for a week, with the dog. I'd just like to thank my friends and neighbors and everybody that helped me."
There are still a handful of property owners in Nescopeck who have requested federal buyouts.
They expect to hear from the government at some point this month.