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Tragedy, triumph over Irene recalled

Kellie Cosselman of Schenectady, left, a crisis counselor with Project Hope, hugs Rotterdam Junction resident Mary Lou Remillard, right, in front of a photo exhibit at the Flood Recovery Coalition for Schenectady County event commemorating the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene at the Mabee Farm State Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on Wednesday.
Kellie Cosselman of Schenectady, left, a crisis counselor with Project Hope, hugs Rotterdam Junction resident Mary Lou Remillard, right, in front of a photo exhibit at the Flood Recovery Coalition for Schenectady County event commemorating the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene at the Mabee Farm State Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on Wednesday.
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Claudia Nilsen occasionally dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she recalled the events. Late last August, a wall of floodwater from the Mohawk River blasted through the foundation of her mother’s small, white cape house on Main Street in Rotterdam Junction. With help from donations, her family was finally able to finish repairs about two weeks ago, allowing Shirley DeLuca to spend her first night in the home since Tropical Storm Irene hit. Some ...


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