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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
National Guard troops clear power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay on Tuesday (Photo:  Brian Mann)
National Guard troops clear power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay on Tuesday (Photo: Brian Mann)

Adirondack towns still sifting through rubble, estimating Irene's damage

Clean-up efforts area already underway in parts of the North Country slammed by tropical storm Irene. Congressman Bill Owens will be to looking at damage in the town of Jay this morning along with town supervisor Randy Douglas

But in many areas, wreckage and debris are strewn through whole communities.

In the Washington County village of Greenwich, meanwhile, neighborhoods have been evacuated because cracks were found yesterday in a dam on the Batten Kill River.

Village Mayor David Doonan told the Glens Falls Post Star that it isn't clear whether the cracks were present before the storm. An inspection of the dam by state officials is planned for today.

As Brian Mann reports, communities across the North Country are still taking stock, trying to sort out just how far-reaching the damage from Irene will be.  Go to full article

Owens to visit Upper Jay, Ausable Forks

Rep. Bill Owens is expected in Upper Jay and Ausable Forks this morning to survey the impact of flash flooding with Town Supervisor Randy Douglas.

The two communities are on the banks of the East Branch of the Ausable are used to spring flooding and high waters in heavy rains. But Brian Mann describes a scene in Upper Jay that shocked even old-timers. He spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo in Schoharie County. Photos: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Cuomo in Schoharie County. Photos: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo views Irene damage from the air

Governor Cuomo took a helicopter tour with a top FEMA official to view the damage caused by flooding in the Mohawk River and Schoharie Valley. Karen DeWitt, who went along on the trip, reports that the governor says it's going to get worse before it gets better.  Go to full article
The ruins of the Keene fire hall (Photo: Kathy Regan)
The ruins of the Keene fire hall (Photo: Kathy Regan)

Tropical Storm Irene: The View from the Adirondacks

After an aerial tour of upstate New York today, Governor Cuomo is saying the damage caused by Tropical storm Irene is "devastating".

At an afternoon press conference, the governor and Director of State Operations Howard Glaser spelled out the response so far but warned there is much more work to be done.

Statewide, Glaser says more than 808,000 people remain without power, down from about 945,000 earlier today. And it could be days before power is restored--especially for people in rural areas.

There have been 191 rescues.

Cuomo said the damage has been tremendous but ``will get worse
before it gets better.''

Much of that damage is here in the North Country, where many communities are still dealing with emergency situations. In the Adirondacks, a massive dump of rain caused streams and rivers to roar through mountain communities.

Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, was on the road all day, traveling from Moriah and Port Henry up through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. He spoke with Nora Flaherty.  Go to full article
Vermont is really looking at more destruction than we've seen in 80, 90 years.

Vermont, devastated by Irene, looks ahead to cleanup and a tough tourist season

In Vermont, Irene has left at least two people dead; hundreds of roads closed; and thousands of homes and businesses damaged; and power out in many communities.

The president early this morning declared a federal emergency in the state--which means Vermont will be able to receive federal aid now.

Rob Mitchell is the statewide editor for the Rutland Herald. I spoke with him earlier today, and asked him to tell me about how Irene had moved through the state Sunday:  Go to full article
A snapshot from Keene Valley this morning. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.
A snapshot from Keene Valley this morning. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.

New York, North Country assess Irene's wake; flash flood hits Keene

New Yorkers are watching rising creeks and rivers this morning. The Associated Press reports more than 900,000 homes were without power, more National Guard soldiers were deployed to clean-ups, and major highways and roads remained closed.

At least three deaths were blamed on the tropical storm. One thousand National Guard troops deployed over the weekend are to be augmented Monday with more engineers to help clear streets and debris and restore power.

Irene was no longer a hurricane by the time it hit the North Country counties, but it still packed a powerful punch. As of 10:30 last night, dozens of roads in Essex County were closed, the county's emergency radio system was off the air, many people remained stranded by high water and the county was in a state of emergency.

More than 100 roads in the county are closed because of flooding, washouts and high water threatening bridges. While the damage was widespread, County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said Keene and Keene Valley were hit the hardest. The Keene fire station was swept away by the floodwaters. "It's been washed away," Jacquish said last night.

People in Keene and Keene Valley had evacuated and Jacquish's crews were preparing evacuations in Upper Jay. He anticipated severe flooding in the hamlet of AuSable Forks, calling the crest of the East branch of the Ausable "unprecedented."

Brian Mann was in Keene early this morning. Talking with Martha Foley, he described a community devastated by the flash flooding.  Go to full article
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.
Irene as of Thursday, August 25. NASA/NOAA photo.

New York preps for hurricane

Visit our Hurricane Irene page (link below) for live updates from Twitter and visitors to NCPR

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch and a flood watch for Long Island, New York City and Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected decide by late today whether people will need to evacuate.

Cuomo cancelled a fundraiser scheduled for last night and a planned vacation in the Adirondacks to return to the Capitol to prepare for the storm. The governor say he hopes the advance preparation will enable the stat to face the storm "in a calm and organized manner." Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks: DEC issues backcountry warning

The approach of Hurricane Irene prompted a warning from New York's conservation department yesterday. The DEC is urging people to stay out of the Adirondack back country from Sunday through Monday because of threatened high winds and flash flooding.
John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, has more in his Friday morning report on local outdoor and back country conditions.  Go to full article

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