Schoharie County family spends first Christmas in rebuilt home

HOWES CAVE, N.Y. – Three years after it was destroyed by storms, a local family is spending Christmas in their rebuilt home.

It’s been around three and a half years since the Schoharie Creek rose and flooded the Weis’s home, now they have a new home for Christmas.

They were afraid; scared to come back, but this felt like home and now they have a new one just in time for Christmas.

“The water was probably right about to here. It was about 14 feet off the ground and we’re 10 feet up,” said Wendy Weis, describing how flood water from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene destroyed her home.

After years of living with friends and having to rent far away, her family realized they missed their home.

“This is the reason we came back. You can’t beat a view like this and the first morning after we move back, I had my cup of coffee out here,” she said.

With no belongings, and little money, the Weis’ finally received money from a NY Rising grant to build their new home where the old one had been torn down.

“Amount of stress and everything that they had to go through for this, I’m really proud of them,” said Thomas Weis.

Now the family has a new kitchen, bedrooms, and furniture, just in time for Christmas.

“We said that the house was our gift to each other and thanks to New York State and donations and everybody that came together we’re finally back home, and it feels good,” said Robert Weis.

Now the home sits high off the ground and other flood prevention measures include flood vents, and all utilities on the main floor

The Weis’s say friends, church’s and coworkers — even strangers — chipped in to complete their home with Christmas decorations and new furniture.

“Don’t give up. Christmas miracles happen.”

The Weis Family plans to spend many more Christmases in their new home and they say if it does flood again, this time around they’re prepared.


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