The Hudson Valley has been greeted with blue skies for much of the week, but the shadow of Irene will likely hang over the region for quite some time.
The electricity at Browns Brewing Company in Troy, N.Y. was still off on Tuesday, as about 20 workers and a generator helped with cleanup.
The restaurant’s location overlooking the Hudson River has attracted customers for nearly two decades, but yesterday it was shuttered as crews shoveled up piles of mud left behind by floodwaters.
Gregg Stacy is the brewery’s director of marketing. He says the cleanup is going well, and they expect to re-open by Thursday, but the storm will still cost them about $20,000 in lost food and business.
“The next time something happens like this, we now know a little bit more how to prepare,” says Stacy. “The losses could have been a lot worse. We swung into action on Sunday and got everything to higher ground.”
It’s a lesson that many have learned in the Capital Region over the past few days.