FEMA will tour Troy, roads reopen, schools open late, Troy evacuates for non-Irene reason, it's fair season

FEMA will be in Troy today to look at houses threatened by a series of storm-related mudslides.Rensselaer County was not one of those that received a disaster declaration, but there's still a lot to clean up and it could be added to the list soon. [Troy Record] [YNN] [TU]

The section of Route 2 between Brunswick and Grafton has reopened. Closed sections of the Thruway also reopened. [TU] [YNN]

Many schools are starting late, including RPI and Schenectady County Community College. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Some animal shelters inundated with lost pets will hold onto them for longer than usual to give people affected by the storm time to come looking for them. [YNN]

The state's effort to respond to Irene will likely create more public jobs than it will cost. [TU]

Aqua Duck tours are back. [TU]

Jockey Kent DesOrmeaux allegedly drove into a NYRA peace officer last night as the guard was directing traffic. The Hall of Fame jockey was charged with reckless endangerment. Police don't know what his motive was. [Post-Star] [TU] [Saratogian]

A man driving a stolen car in Schenectadyhit a 5-year-old boy and then ditched the car. The boy was airlifted to Albany Med with serious head injuries. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A farmer lost much of his business after hay bales spontaneously combusted from moisture and heat and set his barn on fire. [Daily Gazette]

A smell emanating from a science experiment at Russell Sage caused some downtown Troy buildings to evacuate. [Troy Record]

A young woman from Glenmont who has just transferred to SUNY Delhi was found dead on campus. [TU]

Consumer confidence fell to the lowest it's been since the Siena Research Institute started monitoring. [Post-Star]

People gathered and relaxed at the Schaighticoke Fair. Meanwhile, the Fonda Fair is opening two days late because of flooding. [Troy Record] [TU]

It was Halloween in August at the track. [Troy Record]

The staff at Glens Falls Hospital has created its own organic vegetable garden on campus. [Post-Star]


earthquake + flooding + science experiment gone awry = our very own 50's movie monster?

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