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1 Year After Irene: Some needs linger, and new group plans to address them

August 27, 2012
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

AuSABLE FORKS - There are still unmet needs among people whose lives were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene, and a new regional organization hopes to help address those during an event Tuesday at the Jay Community Center.

The Long Term Disaster Recovery Group of Clinton/Essex/Franklin Counties will host "One Year After: Resources & Recovery" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center, located at 11 School Lane in AuSable Forks. The event is open to anyone who was affected by the Aug. 28, 2011, storm.

The event aims to link people who still need help recovering from Irene with agencies that can help. The Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, led by Chairman John Bernardi of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, includes several nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies from across the North Country that have been "working together to build a coordinated network in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene," according to a press release.

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Stickney Bridge, which crosses the East Branch of the AuSable River in the town of Jay and connects Stickney Bridge Road to state Route 9N, was made impassable by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, and the section of road connecting it to Route 9N was destroyed, as seen here on Aug. 30, 2011.
(Enterprise file photo — Nathan Brown)

"The purpose of the group is to coordinate long term disaster recovery through mobilization of resources and case management," the release reads. "Currently, the LTRG is focusing on recovery efforts associated with Tropical Storm Irene, but the group plans to address a broad range of recovery issues from past and future disasters."

The group is also led by Jamie Grubb of Hesed Hope Ministries, vice chair, and Penny Daniels of the Housing Assistance Program, secretary. It includes more than 20 organizations.

Organizations interested in getting involved and individuals needing assistance with unmet needs can contact the United Way of the Adirondack Region or call 2-1-1 for information and referral.

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