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Back home after flood waters ravished business

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Back home after flood waters ravished business
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It's been just about 15 months after the devastation from Tropical Storm Irene and the remnants of Lee on the Twin Tiers. Now, if you go to some of the hardest hit areas, you'll see busy streets, cars in driveways and store fronts lit up. YNN's Katie Husband went to Athens where one business that was forced to relocate has finally moved back home.

ATHENS, Pa. -- "It was quite overwhelming to get the call overnight. We didn't know if we should pull the furniture out now. We had a lot of false alarms," said Jill Lister, Jay Carpet One and Furniture Company general manager.

The water from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee was no false alarm. The floor of Jay Carpet One and Furniture Company was under eight feet of water in September 2011.

"The thoughts that we had running through our minds was, where are we going to go at this point because we had pulled out a lot of our furniture but we didn't know where we were going to put it," said Lister.

For 15 months, they were doing business out of a temporary building. Now not only has the business moved back into their original store, they've expanded as well.

Owners say they couldn't wait to get back in the South Main Street location because after 15 months, they never thought they would see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"The second we got a date, they were in here quickly. Jay, my brother, he did a lot with the design and placement on where we were going to put things, but we decided to put things under one roof," said Lister.

The store is bigger in size and houses all offices instead of having some across the street. Since rebuilding, the Main Street staple is getting a lot of attention.

"I get a lot of that, a lot of calls, they're very excited we're coming back. They could see through the windows, the progress, the brick. The whole thing was just beautiful and an overwhelming response from everyone," said Lister.

Having been in Athens for 70 years, that's the kind of reaction they hope to get for seven more decades.

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