Schoharie is one step closer to recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Agencies began moving back into the county office building Wednesday, after being displaced for nearly two years. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, recovery work won't stop until the threat of a flood is gone.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Unloading and unpacking.
"To our old brand new home," said Carrie Foland.
The clerk's office is the first branch of the first floor family to move back into the county office building.
Bill Cherry, County treasurer and flood recovery coordinator, said, "The DMV has been over in Richmondville and the county clerk has been operating out of a rented space in Cobleskill. The treasurer's office, for the past two years, has been operating off folding tables on the second floor of the bus garage."
Three more departments will be coming home here in the next few weeks, marking a milestone in flood recovery for the entire county.
"Essentially the entire first floor and the basement were destroyed. Bent metal door frames from the force of the water that came through this building," said Cherry.
"The water was over my head, so it was over just about five-and-a-half feet of water just on this main floor," said County Clerk Indy Jaycox.
But the work doesn't end with a fresh coat of paint and new renovations.
"We moved the infrastructure from the building from the basement to higher level. We will actually be installing a series of retractable flood gates along the perimeter of the flood building," said Cherry.
And now it's just waiting for the rest of the departments to get back, making the county hub whole once again.
"It's exciting, very exciting. Feels like home again," said Jaycox.