SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Mobile homes, looked like bumper homes after flood water movedthem the middle of an August night in Silver Creek.
Barbara Amrozowicz, Park Manager and resident, said, "Some ofthem were just piled up into a pile. Nobody touched them. They justrolled like dominoes going down."
Silver Village Mobile Home Park was Amrozowicz's home for than adecade. Then came several feet of water, mud and muck.
The empty lots are where some of the 35 homes in this park oncestood. All were destroyed by the flooding in August. A flood thatchallenged and changed lives.
However, Barbara is ready to move back to the park this month.This is her new home. It sits on the exact same lot her old homeused to sit on, minus the muck and mud.
"It's brought the people who lived here much closer together. Wewere like a family before. And the people who want that family backare all coming back," said Amrozowicz.
Coming back because checks from FEMA nearly cover the price ofeach new mobile home. The property manager tells News 4 eachresident applied for and received the maximum from FEMA, just over$30,000. Each costs about $31,000. The area hasn't been declaredunsafe, another reason why nearly a dozen homes are being placedhere.
Susan Jamieson has a better understanding now about the power ofwater. Mold in the basement, debris in her damaged garage. Susanwants out of her Gowanda home. She relies on help from family,friends and church volunteers to make it livable.
"I am having a very hard time dealing with every day life tryingto get things done around here," exclaimed Jamieson
One August night, nothing seemingly stood still. Despite losingnearly all of their possessions, some people are trying to proveyou can go home.
Amrozowicz stated, "They're not afraid to come back. None of usare."
Not afraid some say because flooding in Silver Creek hadn'thappened before and they're pretty sure it won't happen again.
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