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Definitely let me know!
I went thru Katrina and my heart goes out to them. It is such an overwhelming feeling. Seeing these pictures is like opening up that old wound. We got so much outpouring of help from all over the country down here on the Gulf Coast that we will definitely pay it forward.
The same thing is happening in my beloved Vermont. I guess these areas were flying somewhere under the "super doppler radar" tracking systems. Hard to believe.
Hadn't heard about the Hudson getting that high, but Athens is right on the river's edge, so it wouldn't take much to flood it. Read that Clintondale (further South) was completely cut off. Wind took down a lot of power lines and water hit the vulnerable places, but all in all, we got off lucky this time.
My heart goes out to everyone in these areas. I'll be looking for your "help through donations" post.
Wow, i used to live not very far from there.Please feel free to drop by my blog to post any info on donations if needed............Id like to invite everyone to my blog Amish Stories today to read a post from old order Mennonite Jean of New York state. Jean has taken-in a foster child named Michael whose parents are no longer able to take care of him. He's English and Jeans family is old order Mennonite (horse and buggy) but that makes no difference in the love that this young man is receiving from this family. Thank you folks and i hope to see some of you drop by the blog. Richard
Heartbreaking. Janet, thanks for the link for helping Vermont. I'm still looking for aid to Catskills links.
As a Brooklyn-born kid growing up on Long Island, the Catskills is the first place I vacationed. Swimming in an indoor pool with the snow falling outside while listening to "What is Life" by George Harrison playing on the juke box, and going on my first jet-ski ride with my dad are some of my fondest memories. My heart goes out to those suffering through this cruel devestation.
Just heartbreaking. I'm struck by the irony of people fleeing inland to avoid the storm surge, only to confront these floods.
It's easy to forget how destructive and powerful water can be until you see pictures like these.
There are a few things, but they seem to just be starting.The Watershed Post site: http://www.watershedpost.com/2011/catskills-flooding-hurricane-irene-relief-and-recovery-resourcesLeads to this FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irene-in-the-Catskills/161032837310932?sk=wallWhich leads to this forum: http://irenerelief.forumotion.com/Not much to go on yet.
You can specify where your donation goes with the American Red Cross. It's a great organization, and you'll know your money will be well-spent.
Oh, yikes. I imagine more charities/relief efforts will pop up soon, but if you want to donate right now, there are always the standards, like the Red Cross mentioned by Marilynn above, that will definitely get in on this and which allow you to specify where your money goes.
Just awful. I thought we had it bad here, but nothing compared to that.
Thanks for sharing those photos, Janet. I'm in upstate NY now (came up to escape the storm and got stranded up here). A LOT of towns and villages here were heavily damaged: in the Adirondacks, near Schoharie Creek, Middleburgh, the Catskills, etc. And Vermont's situation may be even worse.Like someone else said, people didn't realize how bad it would be here. The media focus was on NYC, but the storm hit harder inland. So anywhere you can donate would be very useful. Food Banks, Red Cross, and volunteer fire departments could all be good options.
This is my hometown...Ulster County. The Red Cross is seeking volunteers and offering a 4 hr course in Poughkeepsie @5:30 Thursday Sept 1 and Tuesday Sept 6. I'm currently making arrangements to take the 8 hour trek from my current home in Virginia.Also trying to involve agents and editors in an online auction for writers with crits and so forth. Some writers have already stepped forward...still hoping agents will have a better response.
I swear they have not shown any of this in LA. They hyped it like crazy and then said never mind. Weird.
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