Conklin & Kirkwood Families Still Recovering From June 2006 Flood

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 27, 2007 at 6:52 PM EST

For 32 years, Gerard and Kathy Minoia never saw even a drop of flood water in their Conklin Road home.

But last June was a different story.

"I mean we saw things here, you'd say, unless you saw it, it didn't happen, but it did," says Gerard Minoia.

Most of their possessions were lost under 4 feet of water.

One year later, this FEMA trailer is still home.

The Minoia's hope to move back into their newly repaired house in the next few weeks.

"You just have to keep going, pick up where you left off," says Minoia.

Down the road on Arbutus Ave, Tiffany Dumian remembers a frightening morning last June.

"We woke up and we were surrounded by water, so we had to literally walk out in about 3 feet of water at that time," says Dumian.

Outside the Dumian home, the tree line shows how high the flood waters reached one year ago, nearly five feet above the ground.

The Dumians spent a few months in a FEMA trailer, and lost many possessions.

"All those things are replaceable, but it still was a disaster," says Dumian.

Neighboring Kirkwood also suffered major damage.

Justin Maciak and his family keep pictures that show their home damaged last June.

They spent the last year building a new place to live.

"Went from absolutely nothing to having a nice house," says Justin Maciak.

The Maciak's also have a much happier reminder of the flooding, baby Joslyn, who was born just days after the disaster.

"We're all safe, happy healthy, we're 100 percent. We came a long way," says Laurie Maciak.

Like much of this area, the Maciaks are living a much different life, one year later.

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