ONEIDA (WSYR-TV) - While there are still visible signs of flood damage around the City of Oneida, progress is being made inside some of the damaged homes.
On Wilson Street, water destroyed just about everything on the first floor of Eddie and Pam Dence's home. The family has been working every day and night since.
One month later, recent additions are making it feel more like home. New floors, kitchen cabinets, a countertop and sink have all been installed. The home has also been rewired.
Meanwhile, one family on Sconondoa Street is having a tougher time. They did not have insurance and are waiting for state funding while they rebuild.
"Right now, we're spending money out of pocket until we get help from the state," said Vincent Carinci.
Whether rebuilding is coming along quickly or a bit slower, people in Oneida are working hard and finally showing signs of progress.
Pam Dence said, "Well there was only one direction you could go after that happens to you: forward."
As some move forward, they are worried about the future and the levee in Oneida Creek. Some residents are convinced it played a role in the flooding and want something to prevent it in the future.
Mayor Max Smith has consistently said the levee did not break. He did say that trucks of stone were brought in as the rains continued in the days after the flooding, but will assess the situation again.
Mayor Smith said, "We ought to take a look at that whole flood management system and see if serves us best, to see if there are modifications we should make."
Eddie Dence said he wants to see a plan. Dence said, "If they don't show due diligence on doing something on this creek from not overflowing, then I'm going to have to move."
In terms of financial relief from the state, Mayor Smith said inspectors have been on the ground surveying homes. He says residents he spoke with are pleased.
Smith thanked his council members, department leaders and first responders.