Irene one year later

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1 year after the remnants of Hurricane Irene flooded rivers and destroyed homes throughout the region, residents of Western Massachusetts are taking a look back at the progress the region has made in the on-going recovery. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

As in many areas in the Northeast, the rivers and valleys of Western Massachusetts flooded, destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Now one year later, some are reflecting about the impact of the storm and how it helped bring some communities closer together.

It’s been one year since Tropical Storm Irene came up the coast and into the northeast, leaving behind damage that most people and most communities had never witnessed before. One year later some the scars remain, but people have been slowly putting back their lives and towns. Dutchess County, in New York's Hudson Valley was hit hard by the wind, the rain and the flooding. Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields about how the county has fared one year later.