Hurricane Irene left major damage and problems in its wake in our local counties. The main concerns this morning were power outages and flooding.
Emergency crews and utility workers were on the job during and after the storm evacuating residents in flood-prone areas, repairing damage and restoring power.
At times like these, we realize how hard our local emergency personnel work to ensure our safety and prevent chaos and tragedy.
The storm tore down trees and power lines across Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties. This morning, creeks and rivers continued to flood as a result of the torrential rain. In Montgomery County, the rising Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River forced evacuations and flooded some areas. Emergency officials were out in force warning the public, setting up shelters and helping flood victims.
The area will be dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene for weeks. Throughout the ordeal, it will be important for people to listen to and follow any evacuation orders and cooperate fully with the authorities. Local residents also should be patient with utility and public works crews as they clear debris from streets and restore power and other utility services.
The flood damage will be extensive. Some people will struggle to repair and clean their homes or businesses. Our hearts go out to those who now must deal with this personal tragedy. We're sure our area communities, as they have many times before, will offer support to those in need.