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I'm trying to contact my 84-year old Dad who lives in Windham NY, the town apparently hit hardest by Irene's flooding. The Main Street is described as "wiped out." This is the town in which I grew up.

My father lives alone on a hill above where the flooding is, so he wouldn't be in immediate danger from the high water. But my mother passed away a few months ago and he's living alone. Phones are out and my sister can't reach him by car. If you know anyone who knows anyone on dry land above Windham, and you can check on Paul Adams (his location is universally known -- small town) I would appreciate that. Please let me know by email to dilbertcartoonist@gmail.com. I'll be checking regularly.

Thank you.

[Update: My Dad is confirmed to be okay and in his house. An old classmate of mine saw this post and asked her parents to check on him. Another classmate was less lucky. His childhood home, with his mother in it, got swept away by the flood, and she is still missing.]




 
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Sep 4, 2011
I was Googling Windham and your blog came up. I remember my mom telling me that she grew up with you in Windham and that she dated your brother. Her name is Chrysa Nichols. ANYWAY ... Im happy to hear your father is ok. Our community came together and we're working really hard to get Windham back to the way it was. It's going to take a while but I know we can do it.
 
 
Sep 1, 2011
Hey, Andreas! Antonia is safe and is busy cleaning up the mess. I gave her your message and I'm sure her parents will get the message, if they haven't already. You should call them and leave an email address.
 
 
Sep 1, 2011
Hi Scott,
thank you that notified Antonia. For us here in Germany it´s rather impossible to reach anyone. we only managed to get a message on her fathers mailbox, but i don´t know if he can listen to it.
But on the ww i found more pictures and quotes from my cousin and other and it seems that they are helping each other and already started cleaning up. And from the years i did spend in the area i know the people there are good at holding together and getting things done. Sure, they need outside help and i hope they will receive more than words, but i think your bit too pessimistic .... i just can´t imagine Windham and the other towns to be gone :-(
Andreas
 
 
Sep 1, 2011
Hi Scott,
I was just down the road from the Osbournes when the water hit. My house is in Maplecrest on the Batavia Kill a few houses down on the opposite side of the creek. We were rescued and are now in NYC but things are very bad up in Windham at the moment. Give Deb Sherman a call at the Hensonville Hose and she'll make sure your Dad is well looked after. They are doing amazing work and service there at the Fire Dept. He'll be fine but there is still no power or water. Best of luck. Kathy

[Power is back on at my dad's house. Water is flowing, but not yet safe. It's a plucky little town and not that far removed from the barn-raising past. The bigger problem is that zero people had flood insurance because it was never an imagined risk. I fear the town will simple cease to exist. -- Scott]
 
 
Aug 31, 2011
Note to Andreas: I notified Antonia that you were looking for her.
 
 
Aug 31, 2011
Hi,
my Name is Andreas Strauß, i am living now in Germany but graduated from W-A-J Central High in´82. My last Name then was "Schob".
Now to where i need help: Today i saw on the Internet a short news report on CBS about Windham in which Antonia Schreiber was interviewed. I was shocked about what happened and would like to get in touch with her, especially since she is my cousin. I lived for for several years at her families home in Jewett before she was born.
Is there a chance anyone could help me? Or has an idea how i can go about reaching her?
Thank you,
Andreas
 
 
Aug 31, 2011
I'm so sorry about your mother -and the worries about your father. I hope he is OK. That is a lot of stress to deal with in a short period of time. Here's hoping that Windham is one of those communities that comes together to support each other - especially the more vulnerable folks. It sounds like a place where people have deep roots. Also, my sympathies to the family that lost their mother.

I have family in that general area as well. They were not hard hit (lost some treasured sugar maples and rental income on pasture land), but there was much more damage in their area than we initially thought based on the news reports.
 
 
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Aug 30, 2011
Mr. Adams and Dear Readers;

Good morning. Glad that you got some good news. Unfortunately, I keep hearing about some people discussing the overhype for this hurricane. I go by the idea that it is better to be safe than dead. Overhype gets attention and, as at New Orleans, can sometimes become reality. Some may posit that crying wolf too many times can present problems. Yes, granted. But when the wolf appears and you ignored repeated warnings, then what do you do ?

With respect to the weather, no prognosticator can predict the exact amount of snow in one's back yard, so how can they give high precision forecasts regarding hurricanes ? As the great Y. Berra once said "Forecasting can be hard, especially when it involves the future.". Anyway, have a prosperous day.

JAXID
 
 
Aug 30, 2011
Gary !$%*!$% has a collection of photos of the damage on his Facebook page.
 
 
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Aug 30, 2011
Asalamu Alaykom from Egypt,

Alhumdulillah that your father is all right. I had a time when my own elderly father went incommunicado during severe flooding in the U.S. I called the local sherif to check on him. In the moments of waiting to hear, I re-visited my deep love and care for him. I hated not knowing but it was such a wonderful blessing to hear that he was fine. I wouldn't have had that sweetness without the worry. Perhaps you understand that mixed feeling today as well.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
Good to hear that ur dad is fine.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
I'm glad your dad is ok and am so sorry to hear about your classmate's tragedy.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
CBS and ABC had reports from the mountaintop tonight. My girls were there with their grandfather until Saturday morning, when my wife went and got them. Hard to believe they were safer here at a lower elevation and closer to the shore. My father-in-law got chased from his house. He had much water in his basement. But the house across the street from his was the one swept away. We know he made it out, and hope he can give us a more thorough check-in soon.
 
 
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Aug 29, 2011
Glad to hear your dad's ok. I've been praying for you, your family, your classmate's family, etc.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
Glad to know your dad is fine. Sorry to hear about your mother.

Take care
 
 
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Aug 29, 2011
Can this spam jerk's IP be blocked or something?
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
I have just heard of one fatality in a house that was swept off its foundation near Maplecrest.

[Yes, the mother of one of my classmates. Very sad. -- Scott]
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
Ew. There's spam on your blog.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
Really sad to hear this. Hope you hear from your dad soon.
 
 
Aug 29, 2011
Scott, I hope your dad is ok.
 
 
 
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