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After the Flood: WGXC covers the storms surrounding Hurricane Irene and how they affected our area one year later

Aug 27, 2012 12:20 am
Hurricane Irene barreled down on the Catskills Aug. 27, 2011 only as a Tropical Storm, but still packed a wallop, With ground saturated from weeks of rain, as much as 20" of rain fell overnight and into Sunday, Aug. 28, and a flood nearly wiped the town of Prattsville off the map. Other floods came through Hunter, Windham, and other areas in Greene, Schoharie, Delaware, Ulster, and other counties in central New York. Only a few people died, but many faced death, and more faced enormous losses. A few days later, Tropical Storm Lee inflicted more damage.

WGXC will cover the anniversary of the floods in a series of special reports, interviews, features, live events, and other programming. Tune in to WGXC for a recounting of what happened and what will happen next time. We will detail how the community recovered, and worked together in new ways. There will be half-hour and hour-long specials on different subjects, and short reports and interviews each day on the "WGXC Morning Show" and "WGXC Afternoon Show."

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240"] Catskill, Aug. 28, 2011. Photo by Ann Forbes Cooper.[/caption]

Tue., Aug. 28
3-3:30 p.m.: "The Storm Breaks"

WGXC recounts its pre-storm interview with Greene County Emergency Services director John Farrell, Copake town supervisor Reggie Crowly, and replays WGXC reports from Philip Grant and Tom Roe as the first rain fell Sat., Aug. 27, 2011, until WGXC lost power early Sun., Aug. 28, 2011.

Wed., Aug. 29
2-3:30 p.m.: "The Water Recedes"

Paul Smart drives around the area immediately after the storm, and one year later, with a report on the differences. WGXC will also replay other reports in the first days after the storm,

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Schoharie Creek. Photo from New York Governor's office.[/caption]

including rumors that the Gilboa Dam was going to open, fake charity scams, and an quick network of individuals and groups banding together to help their neighbors.

Dharma Dailey talks to the folks behind "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" that formed out of the storm's aftermath. We will interview many other local residents one year later.

Thu., Aug. 30
3-3:30 p.m.: "The Watershed Post"

Dharma Dailey interviews the folks behind the most important source of news during the storm's immediate aftermath, the blog "The Watershed Post." WGXC will also replay parts of their live radio show after the storm with Gov. Andrew Cuomo jumping in during the broadcast.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Athens under the Hudson River Aug. 28, 2011. Photo by Sam Sebren..[/caption]

Fri., Aug. 31
3-3:30 p.m.: "Between the Lines"

Ann Forbes Cooper talks with Professor Robert Titus, known as the "Catskill Geologist," and Carolyn Bennett, historian of the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville and Larry Gambon, a photographer who shot extensive footage of the damage done by the Hurricane Irene, about Prattsville one year on.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Story's Nursery, Freehold, Aug. 28, 2011. Photo by Alan Pavese.[/caption]

Sun., Sept. 2
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Mon. Aug. 3
2-3:00 p.m., "Prattsville Remembers Irene"

Jess Puglisi and Lynn Sloneker talk with residents of Prattsville and Lexington about their experience during the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Irene that obliterated much of their town, along with observations about the first year of recovery. Prattsville, a town of seven-hundred situated at the junction of the Batavia Kill and the Schoharie Creek, was left in ruins after both bodies of water flooded with unanticipated speed and force. Residents interviewed include Beth and Donald Ballard, Michelle Petricini, Frank Hagan, David Murphy, Ronald Jones, Kaitlynn Cross, Melinda Sokoll, and Lynn Byrne.

Wed., Sept. 5
12-2 p.m.: Forum on Flood Coverage

WGXC's Dharma Dailey talks to reporters, citizen journalists, bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook updaters about how they covered the storm. In the hope we can face the next emergency a bit better prepared, we will share our findings in the Forum on Flood Coverage at Scribner Hollow Lodge in Hunter, on Sept. 5. The Forum will be recorded for broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM 2 p.m., Sept. 13.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Prattsville, after the storm. Photo by Larry Gambon.[/caption]
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