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Waterford residents comes together to held rebuild village


WATERFORD, N.Y. - It was one year ago that the flood waters of Tropical Storm Irene rushed through Waterford neighborhoods leaving many home owners under water.

Work is still being done in the village to make repairs. One resident, Jim Desrosiers has been working to rebuild his First Street home for the better part of the past year. "We actually tore out the entire floor," he says Tuesday. 

Desrosiers is not alone. Work continues to be done in more than 100 homes in the Village of Waterford alone. Irene's fury leaving the small canal community overwhelmed.

"I think 90 percent of us have fought back and are in good shape," Desrosiers says. "We still have a number of homes that need help that we are working with, but it's been a tough year for everybody."

Ward Patton a lifelong Waterford resident who helped organize a group of volunteers to get residents back on their feet.

Patton says every little bit of support still helps. He estimates more than 300 people in the village were directly effected by Irene, some losing everything, others lucky enough to rebuild but still tarnished with the memories of the storm that will undoubtedly last a life time.

To mark the one year anniversary, a BBQ is being held in Waterford from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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