Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Still in a FEMA Trailer

Written By: Joe Melillo

On this day one year ago, torrential rain was falling hard and fast. Today the damage left behind from Tropical Storm Lee is still affecting people across the Twin Tiers.

Still in a Trailer
 

September 7, 2012

Athens (WENY) - On this day one year ago, torrential rain was falling hard and fast. Today the damage left behind from Tropical Storm Lee is still affecting people across the Twin Tiers. Many families were displaced that week, with no where to go until FEMA officials constructed an emergency trailer park a few months later. It's not as full as it was last year, but for the families that are still there like the Rumpffs, it's become a home away from home. Having a cook out is normal, what isn’t normal is how they've been living the past 9 months. This emergency trailer has been their home since January. They still remember the night of the flood like it was yesterday.

     “Just everything is disarrayed, it's wet its muddy it smells and it's ruined. Our whole first floor, it was three inches from the ceiling,” says Jody Rumpff.

     “I was really upset, I was frantic, I was running back and fourth a lot,” says Jody's Daughter Krista.

     Their home on Ferry St. is less than 100 feet from the river. hey lost basically everything on the first floor. FEMA gave them $30,000 to fix up their home, but its taken a lot more money than that. As for the trailer, it's not much compared to their house in Athens.

     “I don't really like it because I have a lot of friends and I cant have them come over because the rooms are so small,” says Krista.

     The Rumpff's hope to be back on ferry street by Thanksgiving, and they're just happy they were able to stay together over the past year.

     “It's nice to be together, and it might not be the home you had but its nice to be together and that helps,” says Jody.

     Most of the families living in the trailer park have moved out. Families still have about eight more months to find permanent homes.