Greene resident: FEMA money will save my old home

By Jillian Marshall

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of the many areas underwater when Tropical Storm Lee hit two years ago is now getting help to get homes above water. FEMA's providing more than $1.3 million dollars to the village of Greene to help prevent future flooding damage.

George Marr has lived in the village of Greene for 37 years, and has been flooded three times just in the last 8 years.

Marr is one of the 13 residences that will receive a portion of the more than $1.3 million dollars of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The money will help the 13 different families elevate their homes two feet above the flood plane to try to reduce the threat of future flooding, which Marr says will help the tight-knit community.

"The elevation helps preserve the village life and that's what it really means, that's where it's good," Marr said.

His home on North Chenango Street shares a backyard with the Chenango River. It was also built in 1916. Marr says this money will help save his home.

Village of Greene Mayor Phill Brown (R) said the village is waiting on FEMA to send them contracts, but he does not know when they will receive them.