PICTURE ROCKS - Glen Derrick's house is repaired now but the retired factory worker had 40 inches of Muncy Creek inside his home the evening of Sept. 7, 2011.
The 88-year-old, of Taylor Hill Road, when asked to reflect on his memories of the flood, quickly replied: "It wasn't too good."
The water destroyed furniture and ruined paneling.
Glen Derrick points to the wall inside his house to show the height of where the water reached inside his restored basement on Taylor Hill Road in Picture Rocks.
He took refuge at a neighbor's house up the road.
Derrick applied for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He received a check for $3,100 a few weeks after the flood.
Caught off guard
"I never did think it would come into my house," said Rose Rishel, of 20 Center St. in Picture Rocks.
Once the 9 inches poured in, Rishel and her husband, Gene, spent the night at the borough fire hall before moving over to the local elementary school.
"It was not a good feeling," she said of waiting to return to see the damage.
Fortunately, she said, furniture she had ordered remained in the factory warehouse and hadn't arrived before the flood.
Still cleaning up
"I'm still cleaning up," said Denny Sheets, a mechanic and proprietor of Sheets Garage in Picture Rocks.
Sheets said he never bothered filling out federal paperwork and instead received a low-interest, small business loan provided by an application with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.