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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
It's overwhelming. I don't know. I need help with everything.

AuSable Valley post-Irene cleanup difficult; residents hope for help

The adding-up of the damage from Irene continues, and many areas are still experiencing emergency situations. In New York state, there are at least 6 confirmed deaths; damage to homes and businesses; more than half a million still without power; and flooding that's threatening to cause more damage.

For the first time today, our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann was able to hit some of the hardest hit areas around Ausable Forks, Jay and Upper Jay. He spoke with Nora Flaherty.  Go to full article
The Wake Up Call in Keene. Photo: Susan Waters
The Wake Up Call in Keene. Photo: Susan Waters

In Keene, Cuomo announces waiver of APA permitting requirements for Irene repairs

Governor Cuomo was in the Adirondacks today, and he made a few announcements about post-Irene recovery.

First, Cuomo established the Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force, to coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts for the North Country, Catskills, Upper Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley.

In a press release, Cuomo's office said the task force would "ensure seamless communication between agencies" to coordinate infrastructure rebuilding, economic development, agricultural renewal, power restoration, and assistance with private insurance.  Go to full article

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