Roscoe — The people of this northern-Sullivan County hamlet have raised $23,415 to help their neighbors who lost everything in June's deadly flash flood.

But it's not nearly enough.

Roscoe created a flood relief committee in the weeks that followed the disaster, and about 20 families registered for help. Six of those families lost their homes, which were either swept away or damaged to the point of condemnation.

"I want us to be able to put everyone back in a house as a community," said Lisa Chesney, one of the fundraising organizers.

Such a goal could cost anywhere between $500,000 and $1 million. Most of the displaced families are living with friends or relatives. They had no flood insurance and some had outstanding mortgages when the water took their homes.

Corporate America hasn't pitched in very much. Fundraisers called some big chain stores, but got zilch. The United Way chipped in $1,250 worth of gift certificates to Kohl's.

Church organizations have been more helpful.

Volunteers from Lend-a-Hand, a ministry of America's Presbyterian Churches, donated their time to tear down broken houses, cut trees and clean out cellars, Chesney said. A local church is boarding one of the displaced families in a house that it owns.

So that leaves the rest up to the people of Roscoe and Colchester, the Delaware County town that suffered the brunt of damage. They've already donated enough clothing and furniture to replace everything lost by their neighbors. Some local businesses have chipped in more than $1,000, even though the closure of Route 206 — which might not open until October — has diminished their sales.

That a relatively poor community should be left to pick itself up from the depths of disaster is a hard task, but the people of Roscoe are slowly inching closer with every dollar donation.

"We're so grateful for everyone that's given," said county Legislator Elwin Wood, a member of the fundraising committee. "But we're still so far off from what we need to put these families back in good living conditions."