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Gov. Cuomo in Schoharie County. Photos: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Cuomo in Schoharie County. Photos: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo views Irene damage from the air

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Governor Cuomo took a helicopter tour with a top FEMA official to view the damage caused by flooding in the Mohawk River and Schoharie Valley. Karen DeWitt, who went along on the trip, reports that the governor says it's going to get worse before it gets better.

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Flooded bridge on the Mohawk in Schoharie County

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The Mohawk River is seeping into Schenectady, flooding the historic stockade neighborhood and expected to break records set back in 1938. In the Schoharie Valley, farms and homes are inundated from the churning brown waters. Governor Cuomo, who met with local officials, says it’s devastating.

“We paid a terrible price here,” said Cuomo. “And many of these communities are communities that can least afford to pay a terrible price.”

The governor brought a top FEMA official along to see the damage first hand, and to ask for aid.  FEMA regional director Lynn Canton says, after viewing the devastation,   “it’s the story the world has missed”. 

Cuomo says the numerous roads and bridges damaged by the storm will be fixed, and despite the tight state budget, he’ll find a way to pay for it all.

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