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FEMA Opens Hotline for Disaster Aid

Washington, D.C. (WIBX) - FEMA has opened a disaster hotline to help homeowners, renters and business owners that experienced losses during the storm and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

To register with FEMA you can call their Helpdesk at 800-621-3362 or go online to register at www.disasterassista

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

Albany, NY (WIBX) - If you live or work in any of the 20 Counties affected by Hurricane Irene, you may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. 

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FEMA Provides Toll Free Number For Those Affected By Storm

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr., says residents affected by the recent storm can now call FEMA directly for assistance.

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DEC Warns About Hazardous Conditions
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DEC Warns About Hazardous Hiking Conditions

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning to hikers about hazardous trail conditions due to Hurricane Irene.

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Hurricane Irene Clean-Up Begins, Despite FEMA Funding Concerns [VIDEO]

Hurricane Irene may end up being one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history. Industry experts currently put the storm’s damage at $7 billion to $10 billion; however, much of that destruction may not be covered by insurance because it was caused by flooding and not winds. Flooding is often excluded from standard insurance policies.

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Hurricane Irene Aftermath — At Least 44 Dead and Millions Without Power [VIDEO]

Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges.

“Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told The Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. “We’ve lost churches, homes and historic bridges. But we will rebuild.”

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Destito And Former Syracuse Mayor Join Irene Recovery Task Force

 

Syracuse, NY (WIBX) - Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll was selected as one of the co-chairs to head the newly formed Hurricane Irene recovery task force.

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Portion OF NYS Thurway Closed Due To Flooding

Albany, NY (WIBX) - The New York State Thruway is closed to all eastbound traffic from exit 34A to exit 27 due to flooding, according to the New York State Police.

Also, police say, portions of Routes 20 and 5S are closed to flooded roads

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Senator James L. Seward
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Seward Offers Help To Hard Hit Areas In His District

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Senator James L. Seward says his office stands ready to help anyone affected by Hurricane Irene.

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Bad Weather Forces Area Cancellations

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Tropical Storm formally known as Hurricane Irene is bringing adverse weather to our region, forcing a few area closures. 

In Cooperstown, NY, the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum will be closed all day Sunday and is expected to reopen Monday morning, barring any additional bad weather

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