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Governor calls hurricane damage devastating

By Eileen Buckley

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wbfo/local-wbfo-983983.mp3

Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo says the economic damage from Hurricane Irene will be "significant".

Governor Andrew Cuomo and a Federal Emergency Managment Agency team conducted a fly over of the Hudson Valley Monday.

Governor Cuomo said there are two different situations: In New York City and Long Island there was less hurricane damage than expected, but heavy rains caused extensive flooding in the Upstate region.

Cuomo calls the upstate damage devastating.

"Damage here will be significant. The private economic, damage to farms, damage to businesses, damage to privately owned homes, the damage that this state is going to have to repair, dozens of bridges and roads," said Governor Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo held a briefing with state emergency leaders and Lynn Canton of FEMA. You can click the above audio to hear some of that briefing.

The New York State Thruway remains closed in both directions between Exit 27 --Amsterdam and Exit 28 -- Fultonville and in both directions in the Mohawk Valley. WBFO News has learned that it has caused some lengthy delays of several hours for motorists trying to head through the detours heading West toward Buffalo.

WBFO station manager Mark Vogelzang was forced onto the detours as he headed into Buffalo Monday from Boston.