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Governor takes aerial tour of damage from Tropical Storm Irene

By WKTV News

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo took two aerial tours Monday afternoon to see the damage of Tropical Storm Irene first hand.

The tours confirmed the damage caused by the storm is devastating in upstate New York. In some rural areas, power may not be restored until next week.

Cuomo says the record flooding will likely get worse, as the Schoharie and Mohawk Rivers crest.

Unlike the evacuations in New York City, Cuomo says there was nothing we in upstate New York could really prepare for.

"I don't know what you can do even in retrospect...about record rainfall and record floods that are going to fill creeks. that are gonna' come down and damage bridges and roads as they do it," Governor Cuomo said. "It is mother nature that wins at the end of the day."

FEMA officials went along on the tour with the governor, and are still assessing the amount of damage to the area.

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