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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Shandaken has flood fix-up shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
“I’ve got no money in my budget to handle this.”

That is the message that Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley delivered to state and federal officials Sunday, just prior to a meeting set up to determine how best to proceed with helping the Catskill Region in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.

Exactly one week after the storm, Stanley was busy inside the command post set up in the MF Whitney Fire House on Route 214 in Phoenicia.


Two local men injured in flood clean-up

By Pauline Liu
There were tense moments as first responders rushed to rescue two local men, who sustained injuries after being struck by falling trees in separate incidents on Monday morning.

Coincidentally, both incidents occurred within minutes of each other in Halcott Center, one-and-a-half miles apart. Fleischmanns Fire Chief Todd Wickhan said both men were rushed by ambulance to Albany Medical Center by EMTs from Margaretville. 


Many folks, agencies pitch in for disaster relief

Staff Report
The Town of Roxbury canceled its Labor Day weekend celebration, which included a fireworks display.

“It’s not the time to really celebrate right now,” said Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes. “We were very fortunate that we didn’t get as extensive damage as other communities.” Hynes explained that some of the money raised for the events might be used next year and some might be returned to contributors who made donations.


Middletown property owners in RCS District face big tax hike

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By Pauline Liu
Most Town of Middletown property owners will be receiving their school tax bills several days late this year due to software problems in the county treasurer’s office.

When those bills arrive later this week, some taxpayers will also be getting an expensive surprise. While many face tax hikes, more than 500 homeowners, who live in the Town of Middletown but pay school taxes to the Roxbury Central School District, face tax increases as high as 35 percent.


For official, current information

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related to the flooding emergency efforts in the Town of Middletown, please visit:

http://middletownfloodrecovery.wordpress.com/


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Just when you thought it could not get worse

Main Street, MargaretvilleMain Street, Margaretville

Late Tuesday afternoon, as the News was going to press, officials discovered cracks developing between the sidewalk and building foundations in front of Rocko’s and Reprise clothing store in Margaretville. Officials are concerned that the Binnekill has undermined the foundations in the rear and that the buildings may collapse into the stream. The entire block from the Cheese Barrel to the Suites on Main has been declared unsafe for human occupancy. Officials are discussing the possibly condemning the entire block. — Photo by Dick Sanford


Local officials announce curfew and flood debris sites

By Pauline Liu
A dusk-to-dawn curfew is now in place in flood stricken Middletown. County officials, who made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, said the curfew will be enforced by law enforcement officers and military police. A convoy of National Guard arrived in town this afternoon.

Curfew enforcement


Hurricane Irene slams the Catskills

By Pauline Liu
It has happened again in the Catskills. Massive flooding. Only this time the results are more deadly and more devastating than the flood of 1996. Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as she made landfall in New York on Sunday morning, nevertheless her impact locally was deadly. The storm turned the region’s gentle streams into a raging deluge that killed one person and left hundreds homeless. 

Trapped in motel


Communities begin clean-up after deadly storm

By Pauline Liu
Shopkeepers and workers were crying on the streets of Margaretville early Monday morning as they arrived to find businesses, sidewalks and parking lots along Bridge Street destroyed by floodwaters.
Though Hurricane Irene was reduced to a tropical storm, she still packed a deadly wallop to this region, killing one woman in Fleischmanns. Many business owners who surveyed the damage agreed the destruction brought by Irene was far worse than what they had experienced in the “100-year flood of 1996.” 


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