Tropical Storm Irene swept through the Northeast on August 28, 2011 leaving behind a path of destruction and millions of dollars in damage.
Schoharie County and areas of Vermont were some of the hardest hit areas. Irene brought heavy flooding that left homes, roads and businesses underwater.
Many communities are still rebuilding. The Schoharie Area Long-Term Recovery Committee, or SALT, says that 63 percent of homes have been rebuilt, but more work still needs to be done.
From the outside, 145 Bridge Street looks like a brand new home -- but it's not. It was built nearly 150 years ago, one of more than a thousand other homes in Schoharie County considered an Irene "survivor." The owner, Neil Klein, took NEWS10 crews inside to get a better idea of the damage left behind by the storm.
"Everything had to be gutted. We had water about three and a half throughout here, so we just cut everything at four feet, all the sheet rock, all the electric. The floors were gone," he said.
"This wall was completely destroyed and I started dragging these things out down the driveway to get rid of them sawdust everywhere and the Marine Corps came from Stratton Air Force Base. We saw a bunch of people in town walked up to us and said hey, you guys need any help and we said sure. And the next thing we knew ten marines were here. And they formed a chain and in an hour and a half they were all out of here," he said.
Klein has several more stories like that, volunteers he credits with helping him rebuild.
"We were in shock, there's no way I believed we could come back the way we have in as short a time as we have," he said.
And it wasn't easy. Klein says it took six months, but walking through his home it's pretty remarkable. Now two years to the day since Irene hit, many more homeowners are still struggling to come back and Klein had a message for them.
"Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are people out there that will help."
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
ALBANY, N.Y. – An organization has released an ad informing parents of the option to opt their children out of taking the Common Core standardized tests. The New York State Allies for Public EducationMore >>
An organization has released an ad informing parents of the choice to opt their children out of taking the Common Core standardized tests. More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – A Slingerlands family is recovering after their home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon. The call for a fire at 78 Maher Rd. came in around 4 p.m. Sunday. At least four people,More >>
A Slingerlands family is recovering after their home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.More >>
TROY, N.Y. – A Troy man was found guilty on two charges in Rensselaer County Court Monday for a 2009 attempted murder case. Ariel Myers was found guilty of one count of Assault in the First Degree andMore >>
A Troy man was found guilty on two charges in Rensselaer County Court Monday for a 2009 attempted murder case.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. -- On Monday, the America East Conference championship game pits UAlbany women's basketball team against Stony Brook. The winner will move on to the NCAA tournament. This is what the UAlbanyMore >>
On Monday, the America East Conference championship game pits UAlbany women's basketball team against Stony Brook.More >>
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – A Broadalbin woman was indicted on multiple charges after an October 2013 crash that killed a man. Melissa Vincent was indicted on six charges in Fulton County Court Monday. The 39-year-oldMore >>
A Broadalbin woman was indicted on multiple charges after an October 2013 crash that killed a man.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Eight America East banners are still missing from the University of Albany. A female physical education employee told campus police about the theft Thursday morning. The banners are worthMore >>
Eight America East banners are still missing from the University of Albany.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany College of Pharmacy is turning attention to the dangers of drugged driving, unveiling a museum-style exhibit. The exhibit displays stories of local car crashes over the pastMore >>
The Albany College of Pharmacy is turning attention to the dangers of drugged driving, unveiling a museum-style exhibit.More >>
ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – A man died Monday after a car accident. Rotterdam Police received a call around 11:15 a.m. Monday from AC Body Works on Guilderland Avenue for a report of a man pinned beneath a vehicle. PoliceMore >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – A fire broke out at an Albany home Monday morning. According to the Fire Chief, three people were inside the home at the time of the fire, including a toddler. Two people have been injured,More >>
A fire broke out at an Albany home Monday morning leaving one woman in critical condition. More >>