Gallery: Obama Declares Federal Disaster For NY Areas Ravaged By Floodi...

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Thought NYC had it rough when Irene hit? What we experienced paled in comparison to the disaster communities near the Catskill reservoirs are experiencing. President Obama has declared parts of New York a federal disaster area, emphasizing just how serious the situation is. Although Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it reached the city, it still had enough intensity to dump 9 to 13 inches of rainfall, nearly causing the Gilboa dam on the Schoharie River to fail. Although the dam was later deemed structurally sound, evacuation sirens blared the day the storm hit after water levels in the reservoir rose to record highs. Mass flooding continued throughout the surrounding counties as the storm made its way through New England.

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