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The ruins of the Keene fire hall (Photo: Kathy Regan)
The ruins of the Keene fire hall (Photo: Kathy Regan)

Tropical Storm Irene: The View from the Adirondacks

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After an aerial tour of upstate New York today, Governor Cuomo is saying the damage caused by Tropical storm Irene is "devastating".

At an afternoon press conference, the governor and Director of State Operations Howard Glaser spelled out the response so far but warned there is much more work to be done.

Statewide, Glaser says more than 808,000 people remain without power, down from about 945,000 earlier today. And it could be days before power is restored--especially for people in rural areas.

There have been 191 rescues.

Cuomo said the damage has been tremendous but ``will get worse
before it gets better.''

Much of that damage is here in the North Country, where many communities are still dealing with emergency situations. In the Adirondacks, a massive dump of rain caused streams and rivers to roar through mountain communities.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, was on the road all day, traveling from Moriah and Port Henry up through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. He spoke with Nora Flaherty.

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