Remembering the 1972 flood
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SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- Those who lived in the area will never forget the 1972 flood and that's what the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes is counting on.
While the memories may not be fond ones, they do tell the story of a major piece of Southern Tier history and its impact on the Corning-Elmira area.
For six months, the organization has been gathering stories from those who lived through the flood. But the time to tell your story is running out. Anyone interested has until the end of the month to call a special toll-free number to have their story recorded. All of the stories will be archived in the local library and the best of them will be used in a documentary being created by WSKG and the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes.
"The 1972 flood changed the cities it affected. It changed them physically and it changed them emotionally. So this was a pivotal moment in our area's history and we need to honor that and record it and see what it means to us for the future," said Connie Sullivan-Brum of the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes.
The documentary is set to be released in June of 2012, the 40th anniversary of the flood.
About 100 people have left recordings. If you would like to do the same, the number is 1-866-598-7273. Remember, you only have until December 31st to do so.
People can still contact the arts center after that date if they have pictures or video or artifacts that they would like to submit.