Homeowners from Greene county down through the Catskills and Hudson Valley hit by flooding have two weeks left to apply for financial assistance from the state.
To date, the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program has paid more than $280 million to 6,388 homeowners for damages that resulted from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee. The program funds repair, mortgage assistance, flood mitigation and buyouts of damaged homes.
Officials say every eligible homeowner who applied by January 20th has been issued a check for home reconstruction.
The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.
Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.
New York State has braved several recent storms, including Sandy, Irene and Lee. Central New Yorkers have had to contend with flooding along the Mohawk River, most recently at the end of June. Now, federal and state officials have opened the floodgates of funding, which will allow money to flow into the coffers of stricken communities.
Roger Hill with Weathering Heights Consulting in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has been forecasting for more than 35 years. With the region struggling with rain and floods, Hill discussed the change in climate and the "new normal" with Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.
Water quality in the Schoharie Valley and the Catskill Watershed has captured the attention of environmentalists and government officials who have joined forces to develop procedures and policies for dealing with "the new normal" climate change seems to have cast across upstate New York.
Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville — the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.