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Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas says his community "is still in recovery mode." Photos:  Brian Mann
Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas says his community "is still in recovery mode." Photos: Brian Mann

In town of Jay, families still living in Irene's world

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The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that the towns of Jay and Black Brook have qualified for a total of $2 million in interest-free loans from New York state. The money will be used to help repair the water system in Ausable Forks.

Families and communities along the Ausable River valley continue to rebuild following tropical storm Irene, but local officials say the disaster will leave permanent scars.

Brian Mann sat down yesterday to talk with Jay town supervisor Randy Douglas, who also heads the Essex County board of supervisors. Douglas says as many as 45 families may choose not to return to their flood-ravaged homes. And hundreds of families are still living with emergency water supplies.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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