In a radio broadcast aired today, Dave Lucas, WAMC's Hudson Valley bureau chief, checked in with some of the people he spoke to shortly after Irene's floods raged across upstate New York.
Lucas found that life isn't quite back to normal yet for flooded-out Goshen farmer John Glebocki, who is still in financial limbo as he waits for crop insurance and grants to come through. Or for Michael Koegel, proprietor of the Mama's Boy coffeeshop in Phoenicia, where one of the main bridges into town is still out of commission.
One person he wasn't able to find again: Tanya Walsh in Catskill, who lost both her home and family business in the flood.
Lucas found a common theme:
Everyone I was able to follow up with agrees with Governor Andrew Cuomo, who remarked during his January State of the State address - quote - "One hundred year floods happen every two years now, so something is going on."