Flooded Gowanda Hospital Being Rebuilt

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

GOWANDA, NY (WKBW) -- Tri-County Hospital is now being rebuilt after major flooding devastated the Gowanda area back in August of 2009. "United not only by the sheer pain we endured following the floods of 2009 but more importantly united by a shared vision of something new, a new facility here," Jonathan Lawrence, CEO of Tri-County Memorial Hospital, said.

The new 40,000 square foot health care facility will be built on Route 39 at Jolls Road in the Town of Perrysburg, which is less than two miles from the original location where is was flooded in Gowanda.

Senator Charles Schumer was among the many to tour the new location on Thursday. Initially the hospital was denied funding from FEMA but a push by Senator Schumer and locals has helped secure most of that money. A class of local elementary school students who wrote notes to the senator asking for help in rebuilding the hospital, also walked around the new location.

The project should be completed within two years.