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.