Hurricane Irene

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This week the nation is recognizing the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  But this week also marks the anniversary of another mega-storm that tracked across our region four years ago today. 

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     Hurricanes are rare here in the Northeast, and forecasters say this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be relatively inactive.  But emergency preparedness officials are urging people not to become complacent when it comes to hurricanes.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Peter Judge, the spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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It has been over 40 months since tropical storm Irene flooded the Schoharie County Public Safety Building and the jail; both are still in need of repair. Upstate New York Congressman Chris Gibson led a gathering of state and local leaders Tuesday in Schoharie County, with the intent to spark FEMA to make a decision. 

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There's reason to celebrate today in Schoharie County. The Gilboa Dam Rehabilitation Project has come to an end...

The $138 million dam reconstruction – believed to be the largest public works project in the Catskills – was completed two years ahead of schedule.

Orange County Receives HUD Funding For Storm Recovery

Aug 29, 2014
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley, a New York Congressman and other elected officials announced more funding for Orange County for recovery efforts.

Elected officials stood in Middletown Thursday to announce $11.5 million in additional Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funding for Orange County. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he pushed through a lot of bureaucratic red tape to secure federal investment, and worked with HUD to reallocate funds to fulfill unmet Hurricane Irene recovery needs.

Reconstruction To Begin On A Hurricane-Damaged Bridge

Aug 21, 2014
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Elected officials gathered in Orange County this morning to announce the start of reconstruction of a bridge damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. They say the lengthy process of securing funding to get construction off the ground needs to be streamlined.

Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley and destroyed the Forge Hill Bridge over Moodna Creek in New Windsor, elected officials stood in front of the site, announcing that bridge construction begins next week. Here’s Republican state Senator Bill Larkin.

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A task force that has been looking at ways to prevent flooding in a Greene County village will present its recommendations at a public meeting tonight.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state Wednesday in Albany to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Massachusetts’ highest court has heard arguments from three major utilities seeking to overturn record penalties stemming from their response to two major storms in 2011.

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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.