Folks are leaving word here, asking for others to check in on their homes or friends. Several people have reported that they have elderly friends or relatives stranded without water, food or power. So, first of all, if you are in Greene or Delaware counties, near the ravaged areas, and are able to check on people or homes for our readers, please leave word in the comments, or respond to readers in previous posts.
Second, the wonderful Watershed Post, an Andes-based blog, has been doing thorough, live coverage of Hurricane Irene’s effects on upstate New York, and they even have a stranded people spreadsheet where you can leave info or request info about folks you haven’t been able to locate. Andes only lost power for 10 minutes, and it was last night–the town is very high up, which is one of the many attractive things about it–so they’ve been working day and night to help ameliorate the situation.
Please keep us posted. We’ve had a lot of worried emails and we feel a little helpless — one of us is still downstate and the other one is trying desperately to get to her East Jewett home. That area, too, has seen a lot of damage.
Also, if you want to help out with food, clothes, money or other goods, read our How To Donate post.