Athens celebrates with a Street Fair
Communities across the Twin Tiers are commemorating this weekend, marking the one year anniversary of last fall's devastating floods. YNN's Katie Husband visited the first annual Street Fair in Athens. As she tells us, it was a celebration on Main Street of how this community rebuilt.
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ATHENS, Pa. -- Music filled the air in Athens as the community came together this weekend for the first annual Street Fair to celebrate what they have overcome in the last year, an unbearable amount of water.
"On an average probably five and a half feet. But, the aftermath is worse than just the water. I mean, that brings in all kinds of mud and muck and debris," said David Rosenbloom, owner of Jay Furniture Company.
And all that debris had to be left on Main Street to be picked up. But, something so devastating was actually a blessing in disguise.
"Sort of like turned adversity into a benefit in many, many ways, because with people out of their businesses, they had time to remodel them. So, everything in this town is brand new on the inside and a lot on the outside," explained Rosenbloom.
For some business owners the street festival is more of like a finish line for all the hard work they had to do to rebuild this part of the community.
"To let everybody know we're back, and celebrate the commemoration of that first anniversary of the flood," said Rosenbloom.
"Everybody seems so happy, thrilled and relieved that the town is back up and revitalized," added Beth Blakeman, Mary Kay Cosmetics.
According to organizers, it will be like that for years to come.
"We will eventually do more and more every year as we make this bigger and better," said Rosenbloom.
That sounds like one of the many resilient communities across the area that were affected one year ago.