Building anew after floods in Sidney

By Caroline Goggin

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 7:33 AM EDT

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been almost three years ago both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee devastated the Village of Sidney. On Tuesday, people got a fresh start.

"The Sherwood Landing Apartments are more than just shelter," said president of Two Plus Four Construction Susan Kimmel. "They are a labor of love and a signal that Sidney is standing strong."

The Sherwood Landing apartments were built to house those directly impacted by the floods.

The 32 townhouse complex cost $6.9 million.

Families are now living in these new homes and rebuilding what the water took from them.

"When they came up here and saw our three bedroom apartment, how large it was and beautiful, they were just so thankful to be in the community where they work, where their kids go to school, and to be in some place that was up out of the flood plain," added Kimmel.

Mary Palmer rebuilt her Sidney home in 2006 after floods occurred.

In 2011, a huge tree in her yard was ripped from the ground during the storms, which left her house of 30 years destroyed.

"The other flood came along and there was just everything was gone," said Palmer.

Palmer was diagnosed with cancer shortly after, leaving her with little energy to restore.

That is when she was introduced to Sherwood Landing.

"The apartment is not as big as the 15 room house, but it's nice, and it's easier for me," Palmer said.

Despite what she has experienced, Palmer said she is ready to pay it forward. She would like to help back the way others have helped her.

"The work that I have done all my life has been in the helping profession, doing for others," added Palmer. "I can't wait to get back on my feet and get back to work so I cannot focus on my life and what I have to do. Just try to be out there and pay back and help other people."