Thank you for your interest
in assisting families that lost their homes during the devastating 2007 flash floods in Delaware
County. On the evening of June 19th,
2007, flash floods tore through the Catskill Watershed town of Colchester, New York, killing four individuals, destroying
millions of dollars of local infrastructure, damaging more than 30 homes and completely destroying 5. After heroic efforts
on the part of local relief agencies, county organizations and neighbors, most of the the families affected by the
flooding have been able to rebuild and move on and the town infrastructure replaced. However, two homes were started
and never completed. Today these homes remain uninhabitable.
Beginning in late September a partnership of service organizations will be putting together a
series of fundraisers and volunteer days to help both families complete the rebuilding of their homes. Volunteer days
and fundraising efforts will continue throughout October and into early November. Please consider volunteering your time and your resources toward assisting
these deserving families.
On the evening of June 19, 2007, Delaware County, New York was struck by what has been
uniquely described as a 500 plus year flood. As described in a letter by then Governor Eliot Spitzer,
“a wall of water washed out one bridge, damaged several other bridges and roads, incapacitated all landline and cellular
communications, and ripped homes from their foundations.” Tragically, 4 persons were killed as this “wall
of water” persisted for more than an hour.... (Full Background)
The terror of that evening for the affected families
was one challenge that most were able to overcome. Unfortunately, a few of the families have been unable to move back into
their homes, despite the best efforts of local officials, churches and non-profit agencies.
Meet the two families: The Sherwoods
& The Bonos
Read these news articles to find out more: