damage control


We are back at the wee house, for the first time since the devastating floods that destroyed a chunk of the Catskills. I passed through Margaretville yesterday… wow, will it ever recover? Abandoned buildings, rubble, debri, strewn belongings with the hope of them drying out scatter curbside… not to mention the swamp smell that still lingers.  One side of the street appears to have weathered the storm far better than the other side, which looks like its pretty much condemned.

Freshtown is furiously being restored, the CVS is gone, I heard the video store relocated to Rte 28… B & D Motors took in 7 ft of water but are open (and are fantastic honest mechanic’s, if you’re in the need), everything from the Cheese Barrel back looks like a war zone, the Flour Patch will re-open in the same spot, soon. Timberland has relocated the building that fronts the Home Goods store, also the CVS has the dispensing pharmacy in there, if you’re looking for prescription refills etc. Binnekill Square looks okay, this is just my quick update of what’s happening locally, there is almost NO INFORMATION out there of the re-build effort… although I have yet to pick up the trusty Catskill Mountain News.

The rail tracks between Arkville and Roxbury are all twisted and destroyed in places so no more scenic rail trips. It remains to be seen whether state money will used to repair this, I’m sure there are a hundred other things that come first.

Haven’t explored much more, but will try go to Windham tomorrow, if Prattsville is passable, to support the Windham Country Store, which has it’s grand re-opening tomorrow after being almost entirely destroyed…

Stay strong, Catskills!



  1. catherine
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi there – I live in Beacon, where damage was minimal for most; feeling blessed all the time about that… We’re sending so much love – and as much farmers market business as possible – to everyone there. Not that love and proceeds from produce will rebuild anything, but it’s what I can do right now…

    Anyway, a really great resource for information on rebuilding is the Twitter feed of Kingston Daily Freeman reporter Ivan Lajara, here: http://twitter.com/#!/ivanlajara
    He posts tons of links to fundraising and news, including info about state and federal funding to rebuild.

    No doubt the grand re-opening will be important. 🙂 Thinking of you.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted September 27, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      thank you so much for the information!! will check it out.

  2. Posted September 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    geez what a wipe out was anyone injured?

  3. jill
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    What about your house? is all ok, and the garden?

  4. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    house and garden all ok… just lost all the food in fridge and freezer, but got off extremely lightly!

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