Flood-damaged Home Demolished

A house which was knocked off its foundation and destroyed in last September’s flood has been demolished.

When the September flood destroyed Tony Miller’s house in Bloomsburg, Miller was left with only the clothes on his back.

Wednesday, as the house was torn down, crews were able to help him get back some of the possessions he thought were gone forever.

Miller watched as the house he lived in his whole life was torn down piece by piece. Miller grew up in the house on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

“I’d love to be down here, but it’s just not meant to be. They couldn’t save my house no matter what,” Miller said.

Officials in Bloomsburg told Miller he needed to have his house torn down or he could be fined. Those fines never came as Miller spent months waiting for money from the government to come through.

“Finally I got the money. (Senator) Casey’s office helped me. Half the money down, I’ll get the other half as soon as it’s done,” Miller added.

When Miller was forced out of his house in September, everything he owned was still inside his house. He left with only the clothes on his back.

“Everything was inside there. All I’m trying to do now is save a few things,” Miller added.

The demolition crew did save some of Miller’s possessions, including some old coins he said are very important to him.

Miller and some of his neighbors are taking part in the government’s flood buy-out program.  John Long said he will miss having Miller as his neighbor and calls the demolition bittersweet.

“It’s a good thing but it’s a sad thing. This was Tony’s home, his neighborhood.  This was where he grew up.  He pretty much lost all he had,” Long said.

Eleven houses on Main Street in Bloomsburg, including Miller’s, are being bought out by the government.  They should all be demolished by sometime in September, right around the one year anniversary of the flood.

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