PRATTSVILLE, N.Y. - The Prattsville community gathered Monday to work on a recovery plan that could help them receive funds to help rebuild in the wake of Irene.
Prattsville is up for $3 million as part of the "New York Rising" project which aims at further strengthening towns damaged by storms Irene, Lee, and Sandy. Communities that complete a recovery plan and submit it by the March 31 deadline will be eligible to receive the funds to support their plans.
Town officials say Prattsville is not just looking at rebuilding, but also ways to prepare in case another Irene were to happen.
Prattsville was nearly wiped out by the storm. Homes were knocked off their foundations, and muddy debris lined the roads. Now, 2 ½ years later, many homes have been rebuilt on higher ground and businesses have come back.
But lifelong residents like Diana Jaeger say more needs to be done.
"Looking forward to progress for the town, continued growth. More people to come back and live again," she said.
Jaeger was one of more than a dozen residents to attend Monday's meeting during which the town's planning committee went over its proposals for the next round of the New York Rising community reconstruction program.
Topping the list for Prattsville needs will likely be a town commons, officials say it will be made up of community, health, and senior centers along with housing for seniors.
The committee itself is made up mostly of volunteers from the community -- many of whom don't have backgrounds in planning or economic development -- but their love of Prattsville and its neighbors have brought them together and their dedication has already brought results.
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