We’re hearing dire reports of Irene’s effects from the eastern side of our listening area…Brian Mann started his morning in Westport (see below), spent a couple hours reporting in Keene (listen to our conversation in our news lineup) and has moved on to Lake Placid gathering tape and images.
He’s describing rocky creeks jammed with debris, roads, houses and businesses devastated by flash flooding, bridges at risk, most of this in areas just recovering from this spring record flooding.
We heard Vermont Public Radio’s Ross Sneyd on NPR this morning, talking about the effects of flooding the state emergency services director said was the worst he’s ever seen.
That’s exactly the phrase: “worst I’ve ever seen” I’m hearing from everyone I talk this morning. My brother, Matt Foley, has a little hydroelectric plant on the Boquet in Wadhams. That’s what he said this morning. He’s been there since 1976.
The NY Rt. 22 bridge in Wadhams is closed, covered in rocks and debris, and some of the pavement to the bridge is undermined. The fire department spent the night keeping diverting traffic. That scene must have been repeated on roads across the region.
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Gov. Cuomo is out this morning with steps folks should take immediately in terms of property losses and insurance claims.
He’s set up a hotline to the state Insurance Department: 800-339-1759. It’s open 8 to 8 “for as long as is needed.”