Irene Clean Up Will Take Months

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM EDT

By WKBW News

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM EDT

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, NY ( WKBW ) Channel 7's John Borsa and videojournalist Chris Podosek are downstate in Schoharie County, where WNY 1st responders are helping with cleanup efforts after Irene devastated the community.

Patsy Nicosia and Jim Poole from the in Schoharie County published this article on storm clean up....with many there calling what happened, "their Katrina."


If you've seen the damage-on TV or maybe you walked into Middleburgh--you know recovery from Hurricane Irene is going to be a long time in coming.

"This is our Katrina," said Jim Snyder of Middleburgh Monday as he drove his pickup through mud on Danforth Avenue.

"It's a mess...It's going to take people coming up to help just like people from here went down there... "Have you seen Grand Union?"
Or any one of dozens of downtown businesses.

Andy Jacek of Four Star Realty and a member of the Middleburgh Fire Department was out photographing properties; the Four Star and Chamber of Commerce offices on Main Street were among the hardest hit.

"See that wall? That's where my desk used to sit," Mr. Jacek said, as he volunteered a ride to survey the devastation.

Kriss Binder at Binder Auto & Truck Repair at the south end of the village, considered himself lucky.

Though a nearby stream sent a 6-8-inch layer of mud into his shop, damage there was minimal.

"It's not bad," he said, "a lot of mud and muck to clean out and we already have the backhoes clearing up the debris out front."

Western New York volunteer first responders are helping in the cleanup efforts there.

The American Red Cross are also looking for your help. You can call in a donation at 1-800-RED-CROSS to help in storm relief.