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Governor Cuomo in Prattsville, NY
Governor Cuomo in Prattsville, NY

State, federal leaders promise aid after Catskills visit

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, toured the flood devastated Catskill Mountain community of Prattsville Wednesday, as both promised financial aid and a determined rebuilding effort. Some residents, though, were feeling tired and defeated. Karen DeWitt has this report:  Go to full article
Its that duality: in the face of devastation, a tremendous sense of community. In our darkest hours, New Yorkers shined the brightest.

Gov sees "duality": devastation and sense of community

WEB ONLY: Speaking with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt last night after a long three days touring storm damage in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about the resilience he's seen in communities beginning to pick up the pieces.
And he talked about the importance of government "when faced with bare reality." He said, "If government works, these communities can rebuild. If it doesn't, they won't."
Here's their conversation.  Go to full article
Were going to have to re-route buses and transportation routes for sure, but Im holding off as long as I can.

Keene schools to open on schedule

Roughly 20-percent of Vermont schools are delaying the start of classes because of damage from Irene. Most of the delays are because of washed out roads and damaged bridges that make it impossible for students to get school safely
But few - if any - schools in New York are opening late.  Go to full article

Aid reaches last Vermont towns

Aid reached one of the last isolated towns in Vermont yesterday morning.
A Vermont National Guard vehicle with water was the first in to the village of Wardsboro.
The small town in the southern Green Mountains had been isolated since flooding struck on Sunday.

The Guard has been using trucks and choppers where necessary to get supplies to stranded residents. Aid reached 13 other towns Tuesday night.

A convoy of about 30 trucks finally made it through to Killington Mt. yesterday morning.

Rob Mitchell, state editor for the Rutland Herald, says the supply effort really ramped up yesterday, just as isolated towns were beginning to run out of essential supplies and medicines.
He spoke with Nora Flaherty on All Before 5 yesterday:  Go to full article

Local National Guard troops in relief effort

National Guard troops from the North Country are part of the massive mobilization statewide aimed at cleaning up from tropical storm Irene. Chaplain Eric Olsen says people from the region have been assigned in some of the hardest hit areas.  Go to full article
The highway from Keene Valley to the Northway, as of Wednesday afternoon (Photo:  Brian Mann)
The highway from Keene Valley to the Northway, as of Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Brian Mann)

In Irene's aftermath, road crews still face major hurdles in Adirondacks

Dozens of major roadways across the Adirondacks are still severely damaged this morning, making travel difficult. Keene Valley still has "road closed" signs posted on the two major routes into the community. As Brian Mann reports, road crews face major challenges getting these routes open again.  Go to full article
The community has pulled together and...all of the businesses are planning on being open Labor Day weekend.

New Yorkers work to get schools, businesses, and homes back to normal

Roughly 20-percent of Vermont schools are delaying the start of classes because of damage from Irene. Most of the delays are because of washed out roads and damaged bridges that make it impossible for students to get school safely.

But few - if any - schools in New York are opening late.

Julie Grant reports on how New Yorkers are working to get schools, businesses, and homes back to normal after the storm.  Go to full article
Residents move out of a house in Pittsfield, VT.  Photo: Vyto Starinskas, courtesy Rutland Herald
Residents move out of a house in Pittsfield, VT. Photo: Vyto Starinskas, courtesy Rutland Herald

Vermont pulls together, digs out, and plans rebuilding

Vermont was hit very hard by Irene. More than 14,000 were still without power Wednesday morning; water supplies are compromised or dwindling in many communities--and in some areas, people are trapped where they were when the storm made roads impassible.

Nora Flaherty spoke with the Rutland, Vermont Herald's statewide editor Rob Mitchell on Monday to get a sense of the damage. She called him earlier today, and asked him how things have moved forward since then:  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo tours Upstate areas ravaged by flooding (Source:  Chris Morris)
Governor Cuomo tours Upstate areas ravaged by flooding (Source: Chris Morris)

Cuomo tours Irene-battered North Country; Obama declares Federal disaster

President Obama issued a disaster declaration that frees federal aid for people in areas affected by Irene's flooding, as well as municipalities in Albany, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Schenectady. and Ulster counties. FEMA says assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties could be added.

Rep. Bill Owens of Plattsburgh is among New York congressman who are preparing a letter asking the president to expand the declaration to more of New York, including Clinton, Warren and Washington counties. Owens and Rep. Chris Gibson were with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the devastation Irene brought to the eastern slope of the Adirondacks.

With his daughter Mariah in tow, Cuomo toured the tiny high peaks community of Keene, where flash flooding of the Ausable River wiped out bridges, roads, and buildings. Cuomo also announced he was suspending state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation permit requirement to expedite clean-up and rebuilding. Chris Morris was there and has this report.  Go to full article
Adirondack communities like Jay face tough questions about how to rebuild. Photos:  Brian Mann
Adirondack communities like Jay face tough questions about how to rebuild. Photos: Brian Mann

Irene forces flood-plagued Adirondack towns to think hard about their futures

The clean-up effort is still in its early stages, with many homes in the North Country still without water or electricity. But now that Federal aid is on the way, local leaders, business owners and residents also face some tough, long-term questions.

How to pay for the recovery is one daunting challenge, but painful decisions also have to be made about how and where to rebuild. Brian Mann has this story from the town of Jay, NY.  Go to full article

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