The Catskills Work Towards Recovery One Year After Hurricane Irene

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flooded road in the Catskills on Burnham Hollow Road after Hurricane Irene. Flooded road in the Catskills on Burnham Hollow Road after Hurricane Irene. (Courtesy of Rebecca Clarke)

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, the storm that swept its way into New York State and the Catskills last summer, devastating the region and its residents.

Days after Irene hit, Governor Andrew Cuomo anticipated that the total damage would be close to $1 billion. Recent estimates put the state damage at nearly $1.5 billion, as over 400,000 people were evacuated and a million were left without power.

Despite significant efforts to prove state aid, communities across upstate New York that were hardest hit are still struggling to reclaim the former vibrancy of the towns they call home.

Lissa Harris is the editor of the Watershed Post which covered Hurricane Irene in upstate New York.


Lissa Harris

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

"I've had the time of my life." Get it? Dirty Dancing, Catskills... No? Too soon? Well, no one puts Irene in a corner.

Aug. 28 2012 09:38 AM

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