Tropical Storm 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. 

Ever since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting, at least for now, the state's argument that the federal agency should pay 90 percent of the extra costs.

Massachusetts’ highest court has reduced penalties imposed against two electric utilities by state regulators for their poor responses to a pair of 2011 storms that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power for days.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks today to cut the ribbon for a new firehouse and get an update on a road construction project.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

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

With heavy snow expected, utility crews across northern New York and parts of Vermont are getting ready for what could be hours of repair and restoration work. With a series of severe weather events in recent years, power providers across the region have updated their plans to get ready for and respond to weather, and in some cases, man-made disasters. The New York Power Authority CEO, Gil Quiniones, spoke to WAMC about those changes. He says after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the Power Authority came up with 26 recommendations to improve communications during storms as part of its Lessons Learned Project.

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Two reports were issued Monday outlining policies and procedures that Vermont officials can implement to better prepare the state for natural disasters.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondack village of Ausable Forks this morning to announce a funding initiative for Tropical Storm Irene recovery and to present a check to rebuild a firehouse destroyed in that storm.