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Crews have already distributed 2,000 sand bags in the town of Jay ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann
Crews have already distributed 2,000 sand bags in the town of Jay ahead of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann

Hurricane Sandy: Local, state officials scramble to prepare

Local governments and state officials scrambled through the weekend to prepare for the potentially devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

Damaging winds and flood-level rains are expected to reach the North Country by mid-afternoon today.

After the "shock and awe" impact of tropical storm Irene last August, government agencies are taking no chances.  Go to full article
Photo:  NYS
Photo: NYS

Hurricane Sandy: Cuomo visits Adks ahead of storm

Sunday 3rdd Update: AUDIO FROM GOVERNOR'S SUNDAY ADDRESS ON LONG ISLAND.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today will visit the town of Jay fire hall in Ausable Forks as he reviews hurricane preparedness across New York state.

Earlier in the day, Cuomo mobilized more than a thousand National Guard soldiers to help prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

"They will provide vital assistance to various regions of the State, and it is essential that they are positioned to be ready to serve wherever they are called," Cuomo said.

"These troops, along with critical equipment, vehicles and aircraft, are ready to answer at a moment's notice."

The National Weather Service is now predicting that high winds and heavy rains will hit the region beginning on Monday, with the blast expected to continue into Tuesday.

The advisory includes warnings for people in northern New York, Vermont, and particularly homeowners "with marine interests along Lake Champlain."

The current forecast suggests that foul weather will arrive Monday afternoon and will intensify through the night, tapering off late Tuesday morning.

A flood watch for that period is in effect. Winds are expected to peak between 5 pm and 3 am with gusts anticipated between 50 and 80 miles per hour.

Powerful winds are also expected in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Previously: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday declared a state of emergency in New York ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

That means more resources available to local governments, and a suspension of many regulations "that would impede rapid response."

"As we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York State, I am activating all levels of state government to prepare for any potential impacts," Governor Cuomo said, in a statement.

State officials have been coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Also, state Conservation officials issued an advisory late Friday urging all backcountry travelers in the Adirondack-North Country to be out of the woods by sundown on Sunday.

They also canceled reservations at the Fish Creek Campground near Saranac Lake next week.

The path of the storm remains unclear but local governments and state officials are taking pains to prep the North Country for a possible blast of foul weather.

With memories fresh from big storms and flood events last year, village officials in Saranac Lake say they're drawing down the level of Lake Flower.

"[T]he village began gradually lowering the level of Lake Flower two days ago and will do so more aggressively over the weekend," said village manager John Sweeney in a statement.

Local crews are also working to clear storm drains to prevent street flooding.  Go to full article

APA reviews plan to tear down popular Adirondack fire towers

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today in Ray Brook and the agenda includes a discussion of the controversial plan to remove two popular fire towers. The APA will also review a the Tall Timbers development project in North Creek. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Hurricanes getting more powerful

A new study finds the worst hurricanes are becoming more intense. Lester Graham reports the authors speculate it might be because of climate change.  Go to full article

Volunteers Give Their Break to Katrina Victims

It may be spring break, but it's not the beach, for some local volunteers spending the week in Mississippi. The group organized by Adirondack habitat for Humanity arrived in Pearlington, Mississippi Sunday. They're working with a group called "One-House-at-a-Time" that builds houses for Hurricane Katrina victims - for free. Pearlington is a little town that was pretty much flattened by Katrina - of its 800 homes, only three were livable right after the storm. But they're gaining. Chandler Ralph is CEO of Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. She's one of the volunteers in Pearlington now. She talked with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Woork is underway to repair damage to the high school in Laurel, MS.
Woork is underway to repair damage to the high school in Laurel, MS.

Laurel Gets Help From Saranac Lake

Volunteers from Saranac Lake made another trip to the small Gulf Coast community of Laurel, Mississippi Thursday and Friday. Reporter Chris Knight joined them and followed the relief truck as it made drop-offs around the community. As Chris reports, the people of Laurel are trying their best to get back to normal, but signs of the hurricane's devastation linger everywhere.  Go to full article

Reaching Out, Via the Internet

Bruce Stone is reaching out to victims of Hurricane Katrina without ever leaving his home in South Glens Falls. Stone describes himself as "one of those computer geeks". He gets around with a motorized wheelchair, and when he realized he wasn't going to be heading south to help hurricane victims, he turned to the turf he navigates most easily, the Internet. Stone's web-based forum is a 24/7 operation. He spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article

Respite Group Set Back, Temporarily

Operation Respite, a group from Cambridge, New York wants to house hurricane evacuees. The Washington County effort was covered in a CNN news report, and response was quick. Ten refugee families were supposed to arrive sometime today. But that's not going to happen, yet. Ted Bernt is coordinator of Operation Respite. He says the delay is not necessarily bad news. And it's an indication of how complicated and difficult the hurricane effort is. Bernt spoke with Gregory Warner yesterday afternoon.  Go to full article

Red Cross Expands Efforts

In the first days after Hurrican Katrina came ashore, the Red Cross called the disaster-relief effort the largest in its history. It looks worse now. Martha Foley spoke with Eileen reardon, executive director of the Red Cross Adirondack Saratoga Chapter.  Go to full article

Local Families Open Homes

An Alexandria Bay resident is organizing local homeowners to take in families left homeless by Katrina. Jane Aiken formed Operation H.O.S.T.--that stands for Helping Others Survive Tragedy - last Friday. She's got 16 families so far, offering to take in 40 people. She spoke with Gregory Warner.

Her number is 315-482-3970. Operation H.O.S.T. has an organizational meeting tonight at 7:30. That's at the Dutch Reform Church on Church Street in Alexandria Bay.  Go to full article

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