It seems like yesterday that the Susquehanna River rushed through West Pittston on September 9, 2011, destroying our homes and changing our community forever. For months we shoveled mud and began rebuilding our houses with the help of family, friends and kind strangers. But getting back into our homes, no matter how difficult it has been, is not our only goal.
West Pittston has been a special place for those of us who live here, many for generations. We treasure its past and enjoy the small town life it provides us. We don’t want to lose that. We are determined to bring our town back better than ever.
With the help of a FEMA long-term recovery team, hundreds of West Pittston residents from school children to senior citizens met for four months in early 2012 to map out a recovery plan. We faced our problems, analyzed our assets, and set goals for West Pittston over the next ten years. Our vision is a clean safe and progressive community rooted in family values and historic tradition.
We are excited about our projects and plans we gave made. The projects range from emergency information packets for all households and a community calendar to flood protection, improving infrastructure and building on West Pittston’s 150-year history. They include a new library and community center, a river overlook,, community gardens, and the designation of an historic district.
We have begun some projects such as the Safety Committee’s block captain program, gone door-to-door to inform residents about flood map changes and flood insurance, and help workshops on flood mitigation opportunities.
Please see the plans outlined on this website as a road-map to the recovery of our beloved town and to a West Pittston that will “blossom better than ever.” It is a living document that captures a moment in time when the community came together. Over time the projects will change to address emerging needs.
Most importantly, see this as a commitment and pledge from West Pittston residents to use our energy, abilities and efforts to work in whatever way we can to make these projects a reality -- from fundraising and grant writing to planting flowers and watering gardens.
West Pittston Tomorrow was incorporated in January 2013 to address, provide services and support, and pursue grant applications to meet recovery needs in the wake of the September 2011 flooding. The organization is currently applying to the IRS for 501(c) 3 tax exempt status
Last updated May 2013