Flood recovery meeting held in Prattsville
Hudson Valley YNN
By Erin Vannella
October 16, 2013
Two years after being devastated by Tropical Storm Irene and the remnants of Lee, people in Prattsville are still trying to get back on their feet. Wednesday night, there was a meeting for people to talk about one of the storm recovery initiatives that’s out there for New York State. Erin Vannella has more.
PRATTSVILLE, N.Y. — It has been two years since Tropical Storm Irene and remnants of Lee devastated Prattsville and residents there are still struggling to get back to normal.
Rain and flooding caused extensive damage to the town and locals hard at work and struggling to recover talked about their concerns at a meeting Wednesday. Many wanted to learn more about New York State’s storm recovery initiative. Three million dollars has been allocated for the area.
“We want to move forward, we want to bring more families to our area. Make the area more viable for people to grow up in and live,” said Anita Chase, Town of Prattsville Deputy Supervisor.
“One of the biggest elements is an urgent care center. Prattsville was closed off from the outside world, there were evacuations by helicopter. There’s no doctor, no dentist. There’s no health center, so being prepared for next time is meeting people’s emergency health care needs,” said Margaret Irwin, Parson’s Transportation Subcontractor.
The town is considering building a community center so displaced people would also have a place to stay if flooding happens again.
Anyone who needs more help from the state is encouraged to go to a town hall for more information.