Help for the Flood Victims in Upstate NY

I nearly burnt the dinner last night, and then cookies later that evening. What was the cause of my distraction?

I was looking at flood pictures from the Binghampton, NY area. I was mesmerized because this is the area we lived in when we were on the homestead. There was actually a picture posted by someone near my old street. I was actually in tears – it felt too close to home because I’d been to *that* restaurant, shopped in *that* store which now had muddy water up to the awnings. Driven that road, but never seen that field that full of water…

I was crying just looking at pictures – can you imagine being in the middle of it? Having all your possessions submerged in a mud bath, losing your house to structural damage, or spending days with other evacuees in a rescue shelter…with little kids and only what you grabbed in the 20 min. you had to flee the rising waters? And your husband’s place of work flooded, and your Church, and you’re  wondering if you will even have employment by the time this is over?

What a blessing that people with vision and compassion have already stepped up and are creating ways we can all pitch in and help the survivors. My friend Mandy has set up a toiletries drive to help flood victims. Visit her blog to find out how you can help. And for photos of the flood, you can check out this facebook album.

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  1. says

    I didn't realize you used to live out that way; I grew up between Elmira and Binghamton and all of my family lives there still…my son was born in Sayre, and we're down there a lot.
    I was at Binghamton university doing grad work in 2005 and 2006 and these pictures look worse. I was heading to a conference this week at a hotel in Owego, but that's been canceled. Surprisingly there have been few injuries and only one death reported. There were some firefighters injured when their boat capsized doing rescues however. Thanks for alerting people to this!

  2. says

    Hey there, Trina. Just wanted to let you know that I also put up a post related to the flooding and put a link to this post as well as your friend's post regarding her toiletries drive. I grew up on the southside of Binghamton and have many friends who were touched by this event and wanted to do what I could to help. Have a blessed day!

  3. says

    Yea, it's pretty bad….my sister in law and her boyfriend had to evacuate and haven't been able to get back to Binghamton since.

    I posted some pictures on my FB of flooding in our town: Twice in 2 weeks we were blessed to not have downtown completely underwater.