Tonight the Belleayre Music Festival will be holding it's final concert of the season, and has turned the event into a benefit for victims of the flood. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will be performing tonight at 8 p.m. ... thats who you hear in the background playing Linus and Lucy. All net proceeds from this concert will be donated to assist the flood-relief effort. Chairman of the Board Joe Kelly said "Our mission is to benefit the Catskill Region. At this moment, there is no beter way for us to help fellow community members than by contributing what we can in the wake of the this tragedy." for tickets or additional information http://www.belleayremusic.org/
Bella Fleck and the Flecktones - Linus and Lucy - Jingle all the Way - RounderYou will have your own stories, flooded houses, power off, flooded main street businesses that just may not come back. Friends called from scoharie behind bridgest aht are washed out. Some entire towns are washed out - phonecia is a mess, middleburgh - put people are helping each other, I heard of hubies pizza in middleburgh, walking thro town handing out free pizzas.
The Catskill Mountainkeeper is a non profit community based
environmental advocacy organization, dedicated to creating a
flourishing sustainable economy in the Catskills and preserving and
protecting the area's long term health with an office in Youngsville
across from the Cutting Garden. They put out this message
following Hurricane Irene, especially for our area.
" Here in the Catskills, we have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of last Sunday’s record-breaking flood. Flooded main streets from Sullivan to Schoharie Counties, thousands of homes without power, and water-logged fields, drowning out crops at what is traditionally the most productive point of the growing season. Our region was hit particularly hard - of the 191 people who were rescued in NYS, 129 of them were from the Catskills. " They have information at their site for applications for help. Their webiste www.catskillmountainkeeper.org
They list other relief efforts for donations, voluteer opportunites or help. If you only have a phone 845.482.5400
President Obama has declared NYS a federal disaster area, making emergency funding available to people in the counties of Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster. Applications can be made starting Thursday at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).
The Watershed Post - a Catskills-based online news source – has emerged as the leading resource for information, pictures, and stories about the hurricane and subsequent floods. They have set up a live-blog providing real-time updates on storm effects and recovery http://www.watershedpost.com/tags/hurricane-irene
The ‘Catskills Irene Relief Resources’ website has a listing of emergency relief efforts - including referrals for donations and volunteer opportunities - organized by county http://irenerelief.forumotion.com/
NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York) is
working to mobilize groups of volunteers to assist in area farm cleanup
and relief efforts. For more information or to volunteer, please
contact Lea Kone (email: Lea@nofany.org / phone: 585-271-1979 ext. 502.
Here's Chuck Pyle with a song called HEre comes the water - true story....
About 124,000 residents — more than one-third of Orange, Ulster and
Sullivan residents — were left in the dark Monday evening. NYSEG
said it has distributed 174,000 pounds of dry ice and 33,600 gallons of
bottled water to customers as it works to repair downed wires and
broken poles and transmission lines. I travelled 5 mph down
palisades one lane, muddy from landslide, last Monday. From 17 to
87/287 getting to the Tappan Zee was closed, but opened again by my
late night drive home. The GWB however forced outbound traffic to the
lower levela nd blocked any entrance back to the palisade, soI came
home a create way passing flooded roads.
In Sullivan County, there are at least three roads with serious
damage, including County Route 55 in Mountaindale and County Route 19
in Claryville, and four bridges needing inspection. Irene
destroyed 500 to 600 homes and thousands of acres of farmland and left
six people dead upstate. As of Tuesday afternoon, about 470,000
customers were without power statewide. Also early Wednesday, the New
York State Thruway reopened in both directions from Schenectady to
Syracuse, the last stretch of road closed by flooding caused by
Irene. Frost Valley Road had been claimed by the
flooded Biscuit Brook, somuch that trapped the 120 staffers for a
while. Power was out in the area, and numerous washouts on
the road -- Claryville Road in Sullivan County, Frost Valley Road in
the Town of Denning and Slide Mountain Road in the Town of
Shandaken. The narrow road can be a challenge even in good
weather. It runs alongside the West Branch Neversink River; in
Shandaken, a washout has left a 50-foot-wide, 40-foot-deep gulley where
the road used to be.
Here are more selections of contemporary
folk in the news for flooding. Anias Mitchell on flooding mines and
Eric Bibb reminding us of katrina. many are calling our area a Katrina.
For the towns totally gone, its a perfect analogy.
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