Irene

New England News
12:30 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Demolition Begins On Irene Flooded Homes

Irene damage in Ausable Forks NY
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

More than two and a half years after Tropical Storm Irene raged through the region, homes that were made unliveable are finally being demolished.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Adirondack Officials Remember Irene

Irene damage in Keene, NY
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Essex County, New York, was among the areas most damaged when Tropical Storm Irene moved through the region two years ago, and is still recovering. The supervisors of the two hardest hit towns in the rural Adirondack county still have vivid memories of the day the storm hit.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Vermont Governor Talks About Historic Storm

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Two years ago, Tropical Storm Irene moved up the Atlantic coast, barging through Vermont on August 28th. Some areas of the state saw 11 inches of rain, and 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges were damaged or destroyed. Six people in the state died. Today, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about the historic storm and the status of the recovery.

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North Country News
5:15 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Governor Requests Case Managers to Aid Irene Recovery

Irene Damage
Credit USFWS

The administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will ask the Legislature for money to hire 10 short-term case managers who would oversee the continued recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Irene and Beyond Focus of Conference

Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

Vermont's continuing effort to recover from Tropical Storm Irene is the focus of a conference  at Norwich University today.  
    
Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter says the Irene and Beyond Summit will not only discuss continuing needs due to Irene damage, but also begin to shape a statewide response system for future disasters.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Governor Says Irene Shows Federal Help Process

Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state's experience in getting federal assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene makes him sympathetic to efforts by people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to get help after Superstorm Sandy.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

FEMA Denies 33 Vermont Home Buyouts

Irene Flooding
Credit Spencer Ainsley / AP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected buyouts for 33 Vermont properties damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and spring flooding last year.

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WAMC News
11:34 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Vermont Long Term Irene Relief Fund Targets 10-Million Dollar Goal

Tropical Storm Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

The Vermont Long Term Disaster Relief Fund helps Vermonters who are still recovering from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Monday night officials and volunteers met to raise awareness that, a year after the storm, needs still exist and fundraising for the program continues.

The Long Term Disaster Relief Fund has raised $6.6 million so far. It fills gaps after victims of Tropical Storm Irene have exhausted private insurance or government disaster assistance programs. Fund Chair David Coates says the monies have been crucial in giving Vermonters a new normal life.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Project Hope Ending Post-Irene Services

AuSable Forks, Essex County, NY August 2011 Irene Damage
WAMC

A support program that has been helping people in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in New York’s North Country is ending.

Project Hope has provided outreach to those in need in the wake of last year’s storm disaster.  Crisis counselors went door to door in Clinton and Essex Counties to assure that everyone who needed help received aid. Project Hope Program Coordinator Gretch Sando.

Project Hope Crisis Counselor Fred Balzac.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Vermont to Expedite Payments to Towns

The state of Vermont is notifying towns still struggling financially from Tropical Storm Irene repairs that it will give out payments early while those towns await federal reimbursement for repairs.

The accelerated payments are for town highways and payment-in-lieu-of taxes, which are normally given out in October; current use payments, which are typically sent out in November; and state aid to education payments, which are normally dispersed in December.

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