Correspondent Marty Rosen was on the ground in Schoharie County yesterday morning and early afternoon, and sent us these photos of Middleburgh, where -- to add insult to Irene's already devastating injury -- a barn fire broke out around 11am yesterday.
Fire crews from Buffalo and Rochester were pumping silt and muddy water from stores and homes. The sidewalks were slick with mud.
She worries that they won't be able to collect enough good winter clothing for the shop, which is a mainstay for already struggling residents. Photo by Marty Rosen.
"Yesterday it was just me and four other guys who work here, then all of a sudden: whoosh! They all showed up," said Mike Sherwood, who has handled mail and garbage since he graduated in 1999. Photo by Marty Rosen.
"We didn't lose anybody, we lost things," said Weaver, as students shoveled mud from classrooms. She alternated between tears and pride, describing how now homeless families came from the shelter to help.
She can't say when school will open for the 900 students at the pre-K to 12 district.
Brian Sherman, Schoharie Central School superintendent, said his buildings were not damaged but an opening date has not been set.
WNYT had a story yesterday about Middleburgh, and describes a harrowing scene from the flooding:
A trailer was also moved and then crushed. NewsChannel 13 spoke with a woman who was taking a picture of it with her phone and she said her father was around when it happened. He could hear the people inside of it screaming for help.
They eventually grabbed onto a telephone pole that got lose and held onto it as it traveled on the water until someone could help them.