Hurricane Irene ripped through New York five years ago today

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Sunday marks the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Irene. The 2011 storm ripped through several parts of New York.

Governor Cuomo sent out a statement about this week’s anniversary that talked about the resilience of New Yorkers. Cuomo also mentioned new approaches to community design that have been adopted including raising homes near waterways as well as putting billions of dollars into reinforcing roads.

“Through this holistic approach, we have made New York a national leader in recovery and revitalization and will do everything in our power to prepare for the new normal of global climate change,” said Governor Cuomo.

One of the areas hit hard by Irene included Schoharie County. Several people and pets needed to be rescued that day as most of the county was under water.

Sunday, “Schoharie Area Long Term Development” along with event sponsors will host a commemoration and celebration event to remember and give thanks for the accomplishments and rebuilding the county has done since that devastating hurricane.

The event starts at 1pm this afternoon at the Timothy Murphy Park Pavilion in Middleburgh.

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