Two years later, communities still rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene
By: Maria Valvanis
Wednesday marks two years since Tropical Storm Irene damaged much of Upstate New York. Two of the areas hit the hardest include Schoharie and Greene Counties. YNN’s Maria Valvanis has more on how those regions are still coping today.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. — Hundreds of homes and businesses are still vacant. There are still markings on the windows showing the height of the floodwaters, and condemned signs still hang on doors.
However, the support between neighbors remains at an all time high. Schoharie Area Long Term, also called SALT, continues to organize volunteers and skilled laborers to help with the rebuilding process.
In Schoharie County, more than 1,000 homes were damaged. Last year, by the first anniversary, only 22 percent of those homes were completed. Now, nearly 63 percent have been completed.
SALT organizers want to remind people to contact the organization if you need help to rebuild. The volunteer center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
You can also call them at (518) 702-5017, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.