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Irene Aftermath

WNYC News

Cuomo Seeks Federal Aid for Flood Victims, Extends State Assistance

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the federal government for more money to help victims of flooding by tropical storms Irene and Lee and has extended extra state assistance.

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WNYC News

Helping Kids Cope With Natural Disasters

Friday, September 09, 2011

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Tropical Storm Irene killed dozens of people on the East Coast and left tens of thousands of households to deal with the disruption caused by flooding. While the misery and choas that can follow is tough on adults, mental health and public health experts say the dislocation may even be tougher on kids.

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WNYC News

NYS: Upstate Trails Are Still Not Safe

Friday, September 09, 2011

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Hikers Beware. That's the message from New York State officials. They are telling hikers and campers to stay away from many upstate parks and forests, as the region continues to suffer the after-effects of Tropical Storm Irene and the heavy rains that followed.

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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 Takeaway

Why Insurance Companies Aren't Worried About Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene recently stormed across the northeastern United States, leaving somewhere billions of dollars in damages in its wake. But it won't be insurance companies footing the bill — most likely, it'll be taxpayers. This is partly due to the fact that most people that the storm affected don't have insurance that covers floods, but the federal government's insurance program is also billions of dollars in debt. 

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The Takeaway

Rep. Bill Pascrell on the Aftermath of Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene tore through the East Coast, many towns are still in the midst of the massive flooding that followed the storm. The city of Paterson, New Jersey is one of the places that the storm hit hardest. The low-lying city of about 150,000 sits along the banks of the Passaic River, which is dealing with the highest floods it has seen in more than a century. President Obama is scheduled to survey the damage there this weekend.

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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 Takeaway

Rethinking American Infrastructure

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Within a week, the northeastern United States was hit by both an earthquake and hurricane. Following Hurricane Irene, four million homes and businesses lost electricity. According to experts like Dan Genest of Dominion Virginia Power, turning the lights back on will be no easy task. He told the AP that "one broken pole can take six to seven hours to repair."

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The Takeaway

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Rebuilding After Irene

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene has been called the worst natural disaster to ever hit Vermont. Twelve thousand people remain without power thereand over 250 roads were closed, with six state highway bridges completely destroyed. The federal government has pledged $5 million to Vermont for initial rebuilding. Relief efforts are underway, and progress is already being made for the many towns and highways irreparably damaged by the storm.

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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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The Takeaway

Recovering From Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast last weekend with a fury that destroyed homes, roads, towns, and took lives. Now, people in towns and cities across the region are coping with the clean-up process. The storm hit places in Vermont and upstate New York particularly hard.

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Features

Irene Wreaks Big Box Office Losses on Broadway

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All 23 Broadway shows canceled their lucrative Saturday and Sunday performances this past weekend due to the transit shutdown mandated by Mayor Bloomberg in anticipation of Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in massive losses at the box office.

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The Takeaway

Why Hurricane Irene Did (or Did Not) Prove Forecasters Wrong

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In preparing for Hurricane Irene’s weekend arrival, communities along the East Coast prepared for the worst. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted on Friday that New Yorkers "must, I repeat the word 'must,' evacuate beginning tomorrow and complete the process by 8pm tomorrow night." But his historic preparations turned out to be for a less-than-historic storm, at least in New York City. While all Americans are glad that the loss of life, property and infrastructure was relatively minimal, many people are now wondering: why was Irene so much less the threat we were told it would be?

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Vermont Struggles With Recovery After Irene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Upstate New York and parts of Vermont were struck by rapid flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Irene over the weekend. Due to wind damage and fallen trees, downed power lines remain a problem, as do hundreds of flooded roads. In Vermont, there have already been three confirmed fatalities due to the storm — two were swept into rushing waters and drowned. Fifty-thousand homes and businesses remain without power in what officials are calling Vermont's worst natural disaster since flooding in 1927. A majority of homeowners in Vermont who were affected by the storm lack insurance that covers flood damage.

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WNYC News

City Works to Clear Streets, Parks of Fallen Trees

Monday, August 29, 2011

City agencies fanned out over the city to clear trees from streets on Monday. Using data from 311 calls, parks officials estimate that around 1500 trees have fallen in the streets, with many more toppled in city parks.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: East Coast Cleans Up, Morning Headlines

Monday, August 29, 2011

In New Jersey over-flowing rivers have turned city streets into moats, trapping thousands of residents in their homes. Governor Chris Christie said people should stay home and not venture out to check out the damage. But parts of the East Coast will return to normal today. Parts of New York City's subways have re-opened and flights are expected to resume in and out of the city's airports this morning. More than 12,000 flights were cancelled nationwide since Friday, grounding more than 600,000 people.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Irene Aftermath, Unemployment, Greece's Bailout

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Monday morning, which means it's time to take a look at what's on the agenda for the week ahead. President Obama will be preparing his Labor Day speech on the economy this week, and after after Hurricane Irene's chaotic visit to the East Coast, leaving billions of dollars in damage behind, he may have to rethink what he's going to say. Irene hit at a time when the U.S. economy is continuing to slump and millions are jobless. Unemployment figures will be out on Friday, and the Congressional Budget Office is predicting that employment will not return to normal levels until 2017. Meanwhile Greece, may not receive a bailout from the European Union, as Finland hesitates to approve it. All EU members must approve the bailout, for it to go into effect.

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Top of the Hour: Irene Clean-Up Begins, Morning Headlines

Monday, August 29, 2011

President Obama said up and down the East Coast the images are the same: roads impassable because of high water, fallen trees, and downed power lines. At least 21 people were killed, most when trees fell on cars or homes. More than 4 million people are without power. But the big problem right now is flooding. Rivers across Vermont are over-flowing with some towns entirely covered by water.

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Irene's Winners and Losers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene pounded North Carolina early Saturday morning and continued north wrecking havoc all the way up to New England, where floods are reportedly occurring in Vermont. Tomorrow, as residents of cities along the eastern coast of the U.S. attempt clean up Irene's wreckage, the southern U.S. will be reminded of their own recent natural disasters: it's the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to Katrina, and American outrage over certain politicians' reactions to the storm and its aftermath, the northeast's politicians learned to take every precaution necessary as they deal with Irene.

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