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Vermont Highway Finally Reopens After Hurricane Irene

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Route 107 in Vermont was washed away by Hurricane Irene. (photo from You Tube video by willebegin)The final stretch of road destroyed by Hurricane Irene is set to reopen this week, four months after the Hurricane wrought havoc on transportation infrastructure all along the Northeast.

Route 107, a major east-west artery follows the course of a river that gushed over its banks during the storm, taking the road with it. You can see video of the damaged Route 107 and other damage  here.

The AP reports: "In a storm that left a dozen Vermont towns cut off from the outside world for days, damaged or destroyed more than 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges, and reshaped much of the low-lying countryside, it was the Route 107 repair that posed the biggest single engineering challenge. The fix included 46 subcontractors and 20,000 hours of heavy equipment time."

Vermont Public Radio reports that rebuilding efforts of homes and other infrastructure is still underway, with some families who lost their homes living in RVs bracing for the cold bite of winter to come.

In the New York area, the Port Jervis line of the Metro-North Railroad took three months to repair. Both that, and the Route 107 rebuilding are evidence of the mounting price tag of climate-related costs for transit and transportation agencies.

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Features

An Informal Poll: How Pet-Owners Prepared for Irene

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

After getting the perspective of rescue organizations and government officials for a WNYC story on emergency animal rescue, I wanted to find out how NYC pet owners and their animals had actually responded to the crisis/threat of Irene, so I conducted an unofficial survey among a few neighbors and colleagues.

A recent poll commissioned by the ASPCA (conducted by Lake Research Partners) found that “one-third (35 percent) of cat and dog owners don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place.” However, the responses I got suggested at least a heightened level of awareness.

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WNYC News

Apples are Ripe for the Picking in NY, NJ Despite Irene's Wrath

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple-picking season is underway in New York and New Jersey, despite the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

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WNYC News

Threats Loom Anew for Flood-Damaged Areas in NJ, NY

Friday, September 09, 2011

A week and a half after Tropical Storm Irene caused massive flooding in parts of New Jersey and New York, residents continue to repair damage, even as rain in the forecast has renewed flooding threats.

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WNYC News

Officials Plan Repairs for 150 Upstate Roadways

Friday, September 02, 2011

State officials have pledged to clear and quickly repair more than 150 roads closed upstate flooded and ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Federal Flood Insurance

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Leslie Scism, Wall Street Journal staff reporter and news editor, talks about the debate in Congress over reauthorizing the federal flood insurance program.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Using Food Stamps After a Crisis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Áine Duggan, vice-president of research, policy and education for the Food Bank of New York City, discusses how the Food Bank of New York City can help those who lost food during Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Insurance Do's and Don'ts After Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Irene has come and gone and left a lot of damage in her wake. Loretta Worters, vice-president of the Insurance Information Institute, talks about what area residents should do—including how to file a claim—if their homes or property were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Babyoncé Edition

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Listen to Slate's show about the hype about the hype about Hurricane Irene, 4-Hour guru Tim Ferriss, and Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and the tabloids' obsession with baby-bumps.

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak: Post-Trenton Flood, No New York - Philadelphia Service Just Yet

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Trenton, as seen from the air on Sunday, August 28 (photo by Tim Larsen/NJ Governor's Office

The aftereffects of Hurricane Irene continue to disrupt Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia.

"There was significant flooding in Trenton," said Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter. "But water has receded and we are making progress on track repairs."

Right now there is  no Acela Express, Northeast Regional or other Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York.

Amtrak restored service between New York and Boston on Monday, and it will resume operations between Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven Tuesday afternoon.

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Transportation Nation

Road Update: NJ and NY

Monday, August 29, 2011

Upstate New York roads, as viewed by helicopter (photo by Karen DeWitt/NYS Public Radio/WXXI)

For New Yorkers trying to get in -- or out -- of the Catskills, flooded roads and downed trees continue to limit travel in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

The New York Thruway says sections of I-87 remain closed in both directions between exits 14 and 17.

Flooding has also closed parts of the east-west highways of 17, 28 and 23.  Those roads lead into some of the hardest hit regions in the state including Margaretville and Windham. For New York road updates, go to 511NY.org.

In New Jersey, conditions are better today than yesterday -- the DOT says it's only dealing with 85 incidents statewide, down from Sunday's 300+ -- but new problems are cropping up as storm waters continue to rise in some areas.

All lanes on NJ Route 17 northbound in Hasbrouck Heights (near the interchange with Route 46) are now closed due to flooding.

I-287 northbound in Boonton and Parsippany, near exits 43 and 44, is also closed. Route 80 is experiencing a number of ramp and lane closures, particularly in the towns of Parsippany and Wayne.

The New Jersey Turnpike has some delays as crews continue to pick up debris.

The NJ DOT says the Garden State Parkway is in good shape, although there are some delays in Southern Ocean County.

For up to date conditions, visit 511nj.org.

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Transportation Nation

After Irene: Your NYC Morning Commute

Monday, August 29, 2011

Triumphant notice in NYC subway (photo by Kate Hinds)

TN/WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady went on the Brian Lehrer Show earlier today to update listeners on the NYC area commute. You can listen to the audio below; click on this link to read comments on the website.

 

 

WNYC has transit updates here.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey After Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, checks in on the damage in areas of New Jersey after Tropical Storm Irene.

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The Takeaway

Passengers Wait Patiently as Airlines Prepare

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene knocked out public transport from from the Carolinas through New England, and that includes all three of New York’s major airports. A big whack of all commercial flights in the U.S. are routed through New York, as many 12,000 flights have been cancelled. Business was hit as well. Samsung was forced to delay the planned release of it’s newest phone, because it couldn't can get shipments to New York. And on an individual level weddings had to be cancelled, the convention goers got stuck in Vegas for another weekend and then there's those who rode out Irene at JFK.

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The Takeaway

Irene Leaves Flooding in Vermont

Monday, August 29, 2011

Some parts of the country are recovering, other parts are still grappling with the consequences of Irene. And nowhere is the problem more acute than in Vermont, rivers are over-flowing some towns entirely covered by water. Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont faces a full-blown flooding catastrophe. We get the latest from there from Mark Bosma, is spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management and Ross Sneyd, is News Editor for Vermont Public Radio.

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WNYC News

Your Signs of Prepared or Unprepared New York

Friday, August 26, 2011

Maybe it's the empty shelves in the grocery store or the boarded up windows on the ground floor. WNYC and The New York Times are looking for signs of a city prepared or unprepared for the hurricane. Just text the word IRENE to 30644 on your cell phone and follow the prompts. Or you can answer our online survey.

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WNYC News

First Responders Finding Transit-less Ways to Work

Friday, August 26, 2011

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With the entire New York City transit system set to shut down at noon on Saturday, first responders are planning alternate ways to get to work.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Margaret Talbot on animal language and cognition

Monday, May 05, 2008

Talbot talks about what Pepperberg's research reveals about animal language and cognition

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