SCHOHARIE COUNTY - Wednesday, August 28th, marks the two-year anniversary of
the day Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of the area.
Tropical Storm Irene started as Hurricane Irene near the Caribbean on August
20, 2011. The storm traveled up the east coast, weakening to a tropical storm
as it traveled up to New York from New Jersey on August 28, 2011.
New York State was declared a federal disaster area with over $1.6 billion
in damage. Tropical Storms Irene and Lee caused widespread destruction and
major flooding in upstate New York, including the hard-hit communities of
Prattsville, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rotterdam Junction, and Middleburgh.
NEWS10 visited Schoharie County Tuesday; an area that was devastated by
Irene. The intense rain caused the Schoharie Creek to flood its banks and while
some homes and businesses have been rebuilt in the last two years, others still
Greg Hotaling, a homeowner in Esperance, explains how there is ongoing
challenges, and fear in many of the threat of another devastating storm
"Some folks faced financial challenges they couldn't overcome,"
Hotaling explains. "Two years later, we're all still trying to get
comfortable with the fact that there was such a great upheaval around
Hotaling managed to rebuild, but his neighbor did not. The home has mold
visible from the outside and now rodents have invaded it.
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