A rebuilt elementary school stands as a symbol of resilience in a flood-ravaged village.
In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee roared into the Gulf of Mexico and wreaked havoc in states from Louisiana and Mississippi all the way up to Pennsylvania and New York. It caused severe flooding in many of those states and left deep scars on many communities in its wake.
One of those communities is the town of Owego, New York. The county seat of Tioga County, the town of just about 4,000 was hit hard by rising waters brought on by Tropical Storm Lee. The school district was hit with particular fury. Four of the district’s buildings were completely destroyed by flooding, and others were severely damaged. (more…)