Hurricane Irene News

North Carolina County Plans to Remove Thousands of Homes From Flood Zones

New maps for Dare County, N.C., are removing thousands of homes and lots from flood zones, creating a need to update local building codes that until now accounted for more rising water. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that, according to …

More Grants Available for Vermont Businesses Hit by Irene

Two regional development groups in Vermont have been awarded $1.5 million in grants to help businesses recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Springfield Regional Development Corp. received the Community Development Block Grants for a second round …

$1.5M to Help Replace Adirondack Fire Station

New York officials say a $1.5 million grant will help an Adirondack community replace a fire station destroyed in 2011 by the remains of Hurricane Irene. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the funding for the Town of Upper Jay’s …

NWS Kicks Off Flood Safety Awareness Week

The National Weather Service has designated this week, March 18–22, as Flood Safety Awareness Week. New York recently experienced three major storms that resulted in significant flooding across the state. Flooding is not specific to storm activity. Floods can occur …

Vermont to Help Buy Out Irene Damaged Homes

The state of Vermont is going to use grant money to help towns buy out homes destroyed or damaged by Tropical Storm Irene that are ineligible for a federal program. The money will come from a $21.6 million community development …

Claims Conference to Feature Northeast Hurricane Expert

CUNY’s Dr. Nicholas Coch looks at the art and science of anticipating the next Sandy. Superstorm Sandy may be history, but coping with its aftermath is an ongoing challenge. And Sandy won’t be the last dramatic, cataclysmic event delivered to …

MTA Files Claims to Recover 2011 Storm Losses

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is submitting claims to insurers and the federal government to recover $65 million in losses it suffered during Hurricane Irene last year. The MTA says winds and floods caused by the hurricane damaged its regional …

After the Rain: Irene’s Lessons to the East Coast

Antonia Schreiber is taking no chances on the next big storm. The remnants of Hurricane Irene turned the 200-year-old building that housed her Catskill Mountains spa boutique into a muddy mess a year ago in Windham, N.Y. She managed to …

Irene’s Lesson in North Carolina: Give a Cat 1 Storm its Due

It’s been a year since Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina, and state officials say about 350 families still aren’t in their homes. State officials say Beaufort, Pamlico and Hyde counties suffered the worst damage from Irene, which made …

9 Months After Irene, People in North Carolina Still Suffer

The 2012 hurricane season has begun even as residents of eastern North Carolina are still recovering from the damage inflicted last year by Hurricane Irene. Almost 1,700 volunteers from a group called Eight Days of Hope were in rural Pamlico …