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Gov. Cuomo at the dedication of the rebuilt firehouse in Upper Jay. Photo: NY Governor's Office
Gov. Cuomo at the dedication of the rebuilt firehouse in Upper Jay. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo dedicates new firehouse in Upper Jay

Three years ago, Hurricane Irene ripped through the New York's eastern Adirondacks destroying roads, homes, and the fire station in the town of Jay. Accroding to fire chief Jeffrey Straight, "No one will forget those days: the floodwaters, the damage, the houses, the businesses, the cost to the fire station itself."

But now, there's a new firehouse. Governor Cuomo was in the town of Jay yesterday to announce its opening.  Go to full article
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters

Big storms coming? NYS has a plan (or several)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, Central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.  Go to full article

Fix only slows insurance hike for 60,000 New Yorkers

NEW YORK (AP) Thousands of New Yorkers are likely to see flood insurance premiums rise as the government phases out subsidized insurance nationally in some of the most at-risk areas.

President Barack Obama signed a law Friday that put a halt to a 2012 overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program. It was supposed to end the subsidies for homes and businesses that were built in flood zones years ago.  Go to full article
The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/infinitedecay/7967870870/">infinitedecay</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: infinitedecay, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DEC to remove damaged Marcy Dam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A log dam that was a favorite photo and camping spot for generations of Adirondack hikers is going to be removed after state officials decided it would be too expensive to repair damage from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.  Go to full article
The fire hall in Ausable Forks was seriously damaged during tropical storm Irene two years ago. Photo: Brian Mann
The fire hall in Ausable Forks was seriously damaged during tropical storm Irene two years ago. Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo talks storm readiness, avoids climate talk

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks again yesterday. He visited Ausable Forks to talk about how New York communities can harden themselves to prepare for future storms and flooding.

Cuomo also offered funding to help communities develop their infrastructure, and he delivered $1.5 million in aid to help rebuild the Upper Jay fire hall, which was damaged during tropical storm Irene.

While Cuomo continues to talk about storm readiness, he also continues to raise questions about climate change - which many scientists believe is causing more extreme weather events.  Go to full article
Two years ago in Keene: Irene delivered a wake-up call. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/35978796@N05/6096040001">Kathy Regan</a>.
Two years ago in Keene: Irene delivered a wake-up call. Photo: Kathy Regan.

Two years after Tropical Storm Irene

It's the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. The storm dropped nearly a foot of rain on parts of New York's North Country and Vermont.

Hundreds of miles of roads were damaged or destroyed. Bridges were washed out. In Vermont, seven people died. Homes, businesses... Farms - whole communities were devastated.

Some of the most dramatic damage occurred along the Ausable River, which plunges out of the Adirondacks to Lake Champlain. Brian Mann calls in from along the East Branch of the Ausable, in Keene.  Go to full article
As town supervisor Bill Ferebee looks on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauds Keene for response to Irene Photo: Brian Mann
As town supervisor Bill Ferebee looks on, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lauds Keene for response to Irene Photo: Brian Mann

In long Irene recovery, Keene's celebration day

The brand new $2.8 million Keene fire hall was crowded with neighbors and dignitaries over the weekend.

They came on a damp Saturday morning to celebrate the rebuilding effort that followed Irene's devastating blast of water nearly two years ago.

Construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire house has come to symbolize the town's resilience following the storm.

But it's also a sign of the costly new infrastructure that experts say will be needed as more extreme weather patterns develop because of climate change.  Go to full article
Dawn was just breaking as Brian Mann stopped along the bank of the swollen Ausable in Keene Valley. Photo: Brian Mann
Dawn was just breaking as Brian Mann stopped along the bank of the swollen Ausable in Keene Valley. Photo: Brian Mann

Warm winds and rain push Ausable water levels

The National Weather Service has posted flood watches and warnings across the region. Early this morning NCPR's Adirondack Bureau Chief, Brian Mann, called in with a report from the swollen Ausable River where it pushes along Rt. 73 through Keene Valley.

He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Trees resting against a home on Kiwassa Drive in Saranac Lake and on power lines leading to the home. National Grid dispatched a crew from a different tree service company, from the Rome, N.Y. region. Photo: Mark Kurtz.
Trees resting against a home on Kiwassa Drive in Saranac Lake and on power lines leading to the home. National Grid dispatched a crew from a different tree service company, from the Rome, N.Y. region. Photo: Mark Kurtz.

Lake George tree company accused of price gouging

New York's Attorney General says a Lake George tree trimming operation gouged customers in the days following tropical storm Irene. In a press release issued this week, Eric Schneiderman accused the American Tree Company of using "illegal and deceptive" tactics to inflate prices during the clean-up effort in 2011.  Go to full article
Debris from the Land of Make Believe is included in the"Raging Rivers" exhibit in Elizabethtown. Photo: Todd Moe
Debris from the Land of Make Believe is included in the"Raging Rivers" exhibit in Elizabethtown. Photo: Todd Moe

"Raging Rivers" exhibit captures devastation, community

An exhibit in Elizabethtown uses debris, photos and video to tell the story of the destruction and devastation that was experienced in the region as a result of last year's Tropical Storm Irene and the Lake Champlain floods.

More than 40 of the best photos from local photographers from last spring and summer were chosen for use in the exhibit, which closes on Columbus Day. Todd Moe talks with director Margaret Gibbs about the Raging Rivers exhibit at the Adirondack History Center Museum.  Go to full article

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