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County deals with Irene aftermath

Residents react to flood waters forcing evacuations, damaging homes

Stockade residents used a canoe to get back and forth from their flood home.

Stockade residents used a canoe to get back and forth from their flood home. Photo by John Purcell.

— “We are committed to doing everything we can to assist the residents affected by this terrible disaster,” said County Legislator Tony Jasenski, chairman of the county Public Safety Committee, in a prepared statement. “I encourage any resident in need of assistance to visit the Joint Assistance Center or call 887-5575.”

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in New York following Tropical Storm Irene to provide federal funding for recovery efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources to assist flood impacts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force on Tuesday, Aug. 30, to tackle flood damage.

“From repairing roads and bridges, getting power back, helping with insurance claims and working with family farms, state government has rapidly mobilized to make sure that all available resources are in place to help the affected areas recover,” said Cuomo in a statement. “This task force will ensure the highest level of state and local coordination to leverage all state resources and get them to where they are needed.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Cuomo said estimates on the cost of damage incurred statewide would near $1 billion. He gave additional figure on damage and said over 600 homes were destroyed, 150 major highways were damaged, 22 states bridges were closed. He added state farmers saw damages totaling over $45 million and 140,000 acres affected by the flooding.

"The damage we've sustained is significant and sometimes the bottom line is the bottom line. We need help on the economics," said Cuomo during his Aug. 31 talk. "We'll bring the energy, we'll bring the commitment, we'll bring the drive, we'll bring the know-how, but these are not communities of deep pockets. These are communities that will need help, economic help, to restore themselves and we are looking forward to a partnership with the federal government to resolve this."

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Cuomo Tours Storm Damage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tours flood damage from a helicopter on Sunday, Aug. 29.

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