To state the obvious, what a disaster. The house is a 3 family rental. It belongs to clients who I have worked for over the years doing small projects to make the apartments nicer for the tenants. Luckily there were no tenants when the flood happened. Unluckily we were 2 weeks away from doing a medium sized renovation when the flood happened. When the Winooski overran it's banks the houses on this street were filled with water up to the 1st floor windowsills. The basements were of course full, and in this house the heating oil tanks tipped over and an environmental cleanup was necessary. We filled 5-6 20 yard dumpsters (the big long ones). Luckily the town paid for trash removal. The basement is about 100 feet long and was basically full of stuff. It took weeks just to clean the place out. Then came the power washing and treatment for mold and drying. After all that was over we finally started rebuilding. I am amazed by the fact that it seems that everyone has stayed put. I would have expected more people to just start over somewhere else. Maybe it is the community spirit that kept everyone going. People were handing out free lunches and coffee for weeks. Youth and church groups were everywhere helping out. Thanks to the Mennonites from Morrisville! They saved the homeowner thousands of dollars by providing hundreds of hours of labor for free.