Bloomsburg: One Year Later
It's been a long year for Donna and Dick Fornwald. After living in Bloomsburg for 44 years and surviving seven floods, they say the year 2011 did them in.
Donna Fornwald says, "This was it. You can only do a house over so many times and then you're just disgusted."
The Fornwalds' live on Route Eleven right behind the Bloomsburg fairgrounds. They remember September 9th 2011 like it was yesterday. "We had 26 inches in the house and 55 here in the sunroom," explains Donna.
Donna says she can't put the damage into words but her photo album of the destruction can. "This tile floor here had just inches of mud on it. We just slipped and slid all over."
Her husband Dick says, "The whole yard was tore up, just everything the garages were tore up. Everything was just gone."
The Fornwald's consider themselves lucky in a sense. They're one of eleven families in Bloomsburg taking advantage of the government buyout program. Within the next few months, they'll be moving into their new home and saying goodbye to a place they've lived for decades. "I loved it down here. It was just the perfect place," says Donna.
Come next year at this time, nearly all the homes on the row along route eleven will be leveled. The neighborhood the Fornwald's love will no longer exist. They say the flood destroyed their possessions but it didn't wash away their sense of humor.
"Oh we're moving way up on a hill, laughs Donna!
Dick adds, "We're going to be high! We're going to be high, yeah!"
After a 2.5 million dollar clean up the Bloomsburg fair will start