Family on "Early Show" Shares Owego Flood Story

By Giovanni Santacroce

Family on "Early Show" Shares Owego Flood Story

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local family makes big news talking about the flood devastation in their hometown.

The Morse family of Talcott Street in Owego were on national news this morning - CBS's Early Show - sharing the struggles they're facing after the floods.

The Morses say 2 feet of water destroyed items in the basement and first floor of their home.

They were given almost $2,000 in assistance through FEMA on Tuesday.

The family says even that money will not cover the cost of their estimated $3500 furnace.

The Morses tell Action News a FEMA adjuster suggested they purchase everything they need and turn in their receipts as part of an appeal process.

"What's happening to our whole community is devastating and we just would like more help than what we've received," said Elizabeth Morse. "There's an appeal process but that all takes time and we need to rebuild. We want to rebuild with our community and our neighbors."

The family is now living on the second floor of the home.

They now just need the money to rebuild and recover the things they've lost.