Riverview Manor Welcomes Home

By Brennan Smith

Riverview Manor Welcomes Home

March 6, 2012 Updated Mar 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After six months of waiting, and a lot of hard work from employees, the Riverview Health Care Center is reopening its doors.

It's beginning to move residents back who were evacuated to Ithaca.

Five of its residents returned today.

They had been staying at Cayuga Ridge until the first floor of their Riverview Home in Owego was rebuilt and refurbished.

The home sits along the Susquehanna River and took in several feet of water during the flood.

"The residents, when they were asked, do you want to go back there after it was flooded. They said how can you even ask that? That is our home. Of Course we want to go back! So that just gives us the determination to bring them back," said Administrator Betty Frandsen from the Riverview Manor Health Care Center.

"Wow! It's nice to be back. Six months in another place is no good," said Richard Watson who lives at Riverview Manor.

Forty-eight people will eventually move back home to Riverview.

The home employs 100 people.