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Rt. 73 near Keene Valley on Wednesday (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Rt. 73 near Keene Valley on Wednesday (Photo: Brian Mann)

State officials promise fast rebuild of Adirondack Rt. 73

State officials say reopening Rt. 73 from the Northway to Keene and Keene Valley will be a to priority. The route is heavily damaged, with river water still flowing through the highway bed in some areas. Currently, most outside travelers to Lake Placid are also forced to detour through Elizabethtown. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
 Mary and Jason Smith sit on the couch with their newborn daughter Tessa, at their home on Cedar Street in Saranac Lake Thursday.  (Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.)
Mary and Jason Smith sit on the couch with their newborn daughter Tessa, at their home on Cedar Street in Saranac Lake Thursday. (Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.)

Baby girl born during Tropical Storm Irene

A Saranac Lake couple welcomed their first child into the world Monday morning, hours after a harrowing, nearly two-hour drive to the hospital through one of the worst storms to hit the North Country in decades.

Tessa Katherine Smith was born at 11:32 a.m. Monday to Jason and Mary Smith at Champlain Valley Physican's Hospital in Plattsburgh. A healthy baby girl, she weighed eight pounds, six ounces.

Chris Knight sat down with the Smiths, who got home from the hospital Wedesday, to hear the story of their daughter's birth, a story they'll likely be telling for many years to come.  Go to full article
It applies, regardless of the cause of the flooding. ... from the larger perspective, this is what insurance is all about.

State: flood claim denials "incorrect"

The State Superintendent of Insurance is warning that insurance companies are telling some flood victims that damage from Hurricane Irene is not covered. As Karen DeWitt reports, he says that's just not correct.  Go to full article
What lies beneath Rt. 73: an old riverbed. Photo: Curt Stager
What lies beneath Rt. 73: an old riverbed. Photo: Curt Stager

The science side of Irene's local impact

It's shocking to compare the devastation Tropical Storm Irene brought to the eastern side of the Adrondacks with the mildness of the storm's impact on the western slope. What was a pretty rainy, windy day in Paul Smiths or St. Regis falls was disaster in Keene and Upper Jay.

Martha Foley talked with Paul Smith's professor Dr. Curt Stager about the science side of the storm and its local impact.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

The remnants of Hurricane Irene brought disastrous flash floods and epic damage to local infrastructure, homes, businesses, roads, bridges, and trails. John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, has more in his Friday morning report on local outdoor and back country conditions.  Go to full article

US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer say they'll fight "tooth and nail" to get Clinton County individual FEMA aid

The two are calling on the President and FEMA to extend individual aid to people in Clinton County slammed by Tropical Storm Irene.  Go to full article
Gov. Adnrew Cuomo touring storm damage in Schoarie County Monday.
Gov. Adnrew Cuomo touring storm damage in Schoarie County Monday.

Cuomo: "a terrible terrible" price

Nearly 100,000 homes and businesses that were blacked-out by Tropical Storm Irene got power back yesterday. About 243,000, roughly 70,000 of them in upstate areas are still dark. Utilities say most people should have power restored by tomorrow.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says total damages to the state could hit $1 billion. He's been on the road for three days, visiting hard hit communities. He says new York has paid "a terrible, terrible price" but will rebuild. He spoke with Karen DeWitt last night.  Go to full article
Rob Hastings surveys the wreckage at Rivermede Farm in Keene Valley (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Rob Hastings surveys the wreckage at Rivermede Farm in Keene Valley (Photos: Brian Mann)

Irene slams North Country businesses, farms that were already struggling

Emergency responders and local government officials are still just getting a handle on the destruction that tropical storm Irene left across the North Country.

Among the hardest hit are businesses, everything from retail shops, to restaurants to farms. Dozens of shops were flooded by Irene and fields were covered with silt.

Now many business-owners fear that the grim news from New York and Vermont will drive away visitors ahead of the holiday weekend.  Go to full article
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

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