After the flood hit, my folks sent me to Long Island to stay with my Aunt and Uncle. But I remember my mom telling me things. The thing that I remember the most was.......
They allowed SOME prisoners from "The Hill" (Elmira Prison) to help dig out families.
We lived rather close to the river (bottom of York Ave in West Elmira only 3 houses from the river) and mom said we had a group of prisoners come help muck out the mud from the basement. Here my mom is in hip boots taking buckets of mud from her back basement window from one of the prisoners. He looked up at her and said.
"Ma'am you still have a very nice house." My mom turned the bucket over right there sat on it and bawled.
Not sure why we got prisoners to come help up. My mom figured it was maybe because her Dad had worked at the prison (in the education dept.) for years. until he passed away.