Flood-wrecked homes demolished in Town of Union

By Julianne Peixoto

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM EDT

It's been nearly three years since floods destroyed hundreds of homes in the Greater Binghamton Area, but people are still feeling the effects of the disaster.

Demolitions of flood-wrecked homes continued Thursday in the Town of Union.

These residences were bought out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Thirty-five total homes in Westover will eventually come down, but according to the Town of Union, 15 homes on Endwell Street alone will be demolished.

But not every house on Endwell Street will be getting torn down.

"They (FEMA) gave us about $30,000," said resident Diane James. "It covered all the costs because we did all the work ourselves."

She and her husband were not offered a buyout and were able to restore their home after the floods.

"We had water up to about 18 inches from the ceiling and my husband said if the ceilings gone we’re not dealing with it," said James. "But it wasn’t, and floors didn’t really warp too bad, so we just tore out the walls and replaced everything that we could."

She and her husband said they won't be sticking around if the area gets hit with another major flooding disaster.

"We’ve got insurance now so if it happens again, we’ll probably move, get out of here," said James. "Every time it rains I get a little nervous."

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