A little more than eight months after Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of Schoharie County, some residents who are still trying to recover and rebuild receive some much needed help. On Friday, LeChase Construction Company donated surplus appliances to residents throughout the area. Our Megan Cruz has the story.
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- "We had a job that the refrigerators were too big for the openings and we had to order smaller ones," said Charles Burton, the warehouse manager for LeChase Construction in Rotterdam. "So we were left with a surplus."
But on Friday, that surplus made for a special delivery to 10 Schoharie County families.
"Cool, they're white!" said Kim Vescova, as she watched LeChase's refrigerators arrive at her flood-damaged home. "It's one less thing in my life I need to worry about, one less thing I have to lose sleep over."
Vescova says she's been losing sleep because she's had a lot on her mind.
"So welcome to my basement!" she said. "As you can see, we still have a lot of work that needs to be done."
It's just one of the reasons why Vescova's brand new fridge is going in the garage.
"The house is definitely not ready for a fridge, but like I said, it gives you motivation to push to keep pushing to get it done," said Vescova.
Her home looks like many of the other homes getting a free fridge Friday. The recovery group who handled LeChase's donation says every dollar saved counts.
"Everybody's having to put a new kitchen in, right from the flooring to the cabinets," said Sarah Goodrich, director of SALT, or Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery.
"Appliances alone are close to $2,000," said Vescova. "It was very generous of this company to step up and say, 'Hey, we have these, can you use them?'"
"It made me feel good," said Burton. "I am from the area. Lived there most of my life, so I had a lot of friends affected by the flood and it feels good to help out."
Vescova hopes other companies follow LeChase's lead.
Vescova said, "If they did, it'd make it so much easier on every homeowner."
Vescova was chosen to receive the new fridge because of her ranking on SALT's need-based database for flood victims. To get your name on this list, visit www.saltrecovery.org.