Coming home after the flood

By Perry Russom

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Jordan family has pictures.

They have more than 1,000 photos of what their home in Johnson City used to look like.

"It really was a complete shock that the water was that high," said Joyce Jordan as she stared at her kitchen table buried under photographs.

The pictures showed what their home looked like right after the 2011 flood rose into their home.

"It was just a wreck," said Dean Jordan, Joyce's son.

The water rose about five feet in their living room leaving them no choice but to gut the entire first floor.

"I just figured we gotta do what we have to do and just go on," Joyce said.

As the family started to clean, the trash piled up on their lawn.

"I can remember diving down Main Street and after several days of it and just feeling totally overwhelmed by it," said Dean. "You didn't know where you were going to next."

Up and down the block behind the Jordan's home, more than a dozen abandoned properties litter the street. Windows are broken out and front doors are swung open.

Rather than take the Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout or just move, the family decided to rebuild.

"Every Christmas here, every family celebration here, every birthday, every Thanksgiving, every Easter, it was all here," said Dean. "This was the anchor."

It was only family and friends helping out when they started the rebuild, but one day, volunteers showed up.

Week after week, around 50 volunteers gave their time to help a family they never met before.

"When I came over at the end and saw what we had done, it was amazing," said Bruce Barney of Faith Partners in Recovery, the organization who sent the volunteers. "They're home. They're able to get back into their homes and continue their lives."

Dean said there is absolutely no way the house could have been put back together without those volunteers.

"Well, it's good to know that we have a family that supports us and loves us," said Joyce. "We all love each other and support each other."

The Jordan home was just one of the 100 homes that Faith Partners in Recovery helped rebuild after the 2011 flood.

To commemorate the 100th home, the organization held a party Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Johnson City.