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Catskill considered disaster area after Irene


CATSKILL, NY- A state of emergency declared in Catskill after thousands of homes and businesses are flooded. 

People surrounded by mud, debris and sludge as they begin the clean up process now that the water has receded. The creek rose an incredible 12 feet from Tropical Storm Irene. 

"My boat, it was right over there too, oh my God," one man shouts as he walks towards the Marina; looking at just a small part of the millions in dollars worth of damage. 

"We're sitting in the back of Mountain T-shirts, it's a destroyed back of Mountain T-shirts now," owner of the business Craig Remaley said. 

Remaley sits, surrounded by more than $300,000 in damage; in a place that was submerged by seven feet of water less than 24 hours ago. He sighs, overwhelmed at the task in front of him.  

"It's disheartening, there's a lot of businesses, a lot of people a lot of homes were flooded, displaced, I mean, I have a business here, this isn't my home. There are homes down the street that are totaled. I feel for those people, it's their home." 

Homeowner, Kelly Corrado shows us video of her home as the water rages around it. Her basement and part of the first floor of her house was flooded.

"I'm about 5'2", the basement is about 6'5" feet high and as you can see that's the water right there," Corrado said. 

She walks us through her home, showing the water line up around her kitchen and one of the bedrooms.

Corrado says, she, like many homeowners in Catskill were told her home was above the flood line, so she didn't have to worry about flood insurance. Now she's unsure about how long it will take to clean up the mess and if she'll be able to afford it.

"I just want to live here, I just want to go back in and live," Corrado said.

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