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Gov. Cuomo pitching in after Adirondack flooding.
Gov. Cuomo pitching in after Adirondack flooding.

Cuomo: state will pick up local costs of Irene flooding

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state will spend nearly $4 million helping Adirondack communities rebuild after tropical storm Irene.

The money will go to pay the local share of matching funds required as part of the Federal government's FEMA aid.

As Brian Mann reports, Cuomo says he's still pressuring FEMA to offer more aid to individuals and businesses.  Go to full article

Project Hope helps pick up the pieces from Irene

The physical damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene has started to fade, but the emotional toll it took on the people it affected still lingers. A mental health program launched last fall aims to address those issues.

Project Hope is a program administered by the state Office of Mental Health, with help from the Mental Health Association of Essex County and the Research Foundation of Mental Hygiene. Its aim is to provide counseling services and build a support network for people whose lives were impacted by Irene, which devastated communities along the AuSable River last August.

Members of Project Hope met with town supervisors from Keene and Jay at the Keene Community Center last week. As Chris Morris reports, they're hoping to reach more people still struggling with the consequences of the flood.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for changes to the way New York plans for future floods (NCPR File photo)
Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for changes to the way New York plans for future floods (NCPR File photo)

Year of the Floods, Part Five: The Flood Next Time

During this pledge drive week, we've been looking back at the North Country's Year of the Floods, from the spring floods last April to the sudden devastation of tropical storm Irene.

By all accounts, the immediate response to the floods was swift and professional. That prevented loss of life and limited damage to property. But months later, the clean-up continues and long-term questions remain about future flooding.

In this final part of our series, Brian Mann looks at how families and towns are thinking about how to prepare for storms that some experts say could grow more frequent and more powerful.  Go to full article
Emergency crews faced widespread damage to infrastructure (NCPR file photos)
Emergency crews faced widespread damage to infrastructure (NCPR file photos)

Year of the Floods, Part Four: On the Front Lines of Disaster

This week during our pledge drive we've been looking back at the Year of the Floods. Spring rains last April sparked widespread flooding from the St. Lawrence Valley to the shores of Lake Champlain.

Then came the sudden, devastating blow of tropical storm Irene in August. Flash floods triggered by that storm destroyed dozens of homes, ripping out roads and power lines.

In this fourth part of our series, Brian Mann looks back at how the disasters tested emergency responders in the North Country like never before.  Go to full article
Irene brought sudden, awesome devastation to Keene, NY (Photo: Kathy Regan)
Irene brought sudden, awesome devastation to Keene, NY (Photo: Kathy Regan)

Year of the Floods, Part Three: Irene Comes Calling

During this pledge drive week, we're looking back at the North Country's Year of the Floods. We began with the spring rains and snow melt that sent rivers surging and drove Lake Champlain to historic flood levels.

That disaster unfolded slowly, beginning in April and lingering into early July. On August 29th, a very different kind of flood struck the region.

Tropical storm Irene landed like a hammer blow, triggering flash floods and devastating surges of debris. In this next chapter of our series, Brian Mann looks at those first hours of Irene, when wind and water brought chaos to whole towns.  Go to full article
The Keene fire hall, damaged by flooded Gulf Brook during Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Kathy Regan
The Keene fire hall, damaged by flooded Gulf Brook during Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Kathy Regan

Keene may relocate flooded fire station

Voters in Keene will go to the polls next month to decide whether to purchase property for a new fire station. The old station was nearly washed away when tiny Gulf Brook flooded during Tropical Storm Irene last year.

As Chris Morris reports, Keene fire officials hope to buy the Mountain Manor on state Route 73, a site that would be safe from flooding in the event of another major storm.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo surveys the damage from Hurricane Irene, August, 2011
Governor Cuomo surveys the damage from Hurricane Irene, August, 2011

NY State will help farmers pay to replace feed, crops damaged in Irene and Lee

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will give $950,000 in additional recovery aid to New York farms affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Go to full article
A surrounded home in Keene Valley. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.
A surrounded home in Keene Valley. Photo: Sadie Holbrook.

For Ausable River families, painful post-Irene decisions still have to be made

More than five months after tropical storm Irene sent floodwaters surging through the Adirondacks, families and communities still face some tough decisions.

Tomorrow night in the town of Jay, residents will meet with state and Federal officials to talk about a buy-out program that could help people relocate out of the flood plains along the Ausable and Boquet Rivers. The meeting to talk about the flood plain buy out program is scheduled for 7 pm tomorrow night at the Jay town community center in Ausable Forks.

More than sixty families in Essex County have expressed interest in the buy-out. Brian Mann checked in yesterday with Randy Douglas, town supervisor in Jay and head of the county's board of supervisors. Douglas says the number of people considering relocation continues to grow.  Go to full article
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, right, and DEC Fisheries Biologist Bill Schoch at  Johns Brook in Keene Valley Thursday. (Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, right, and DEC Fisheries Biologist Bill Schoch at Johns Brook in Keene Valley Thursday. (Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

Much left to do on Irene stream restoration

River and stream rehabilitation is under way in communities hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene last year. But officials say a lot of work still remains to be done to put things right.

Lawmakers, local politicians and state officials joined state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens in Keene Valley last week to inspect stream restoration work on Johns Brook.

Local works crews did emergency repairs immediately following Irene, but environmental specialists said additional work was needed to restore fish and wildlife habitats and protect against future flooding. Chris Morris went along for the inspection.  Go to full article
Book donations arrived from around the country.
Book donations arrived from around the country.

From despair to repair: Wells library reopens Saturday

An Adirondack community welcomes the return of its library this weekend, after months of repair work. The doors of the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay will reopen on Saturday as part of a day-long celebration. Five months ago, heavy flooding damaged the library after Hurricane Irene.

The library's board president, Marie-Anne Azar Ward, says flood waters ruined a majority of the library's books, and nearly all the children's collection was destroyed.

Azar Ward says the community rolled-up its collective sleeves and went to work repairing the 106-year old building. The re-opening celebration, with music and food, starts at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Go to full article

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