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A look back at Irene's impact

Even in its infancy, we knew Irene had the potential to have an impact on the East Coast. Hurricanes typically do most of their damage right along the coast, and most of the national attention was focused downstate and in southern New England in the days leading up to the storm.

As Irene drew closer, NewsChannel13’s computer models started to paint a potentially serious picture, even for those that are inland.

Irene weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall over New York City on Sunday morning and the immediate coast dodged a bullet.  Despite the lower wind speeds the worst was just beginning for the Capital region, in the form of continuous torrential rains

With the added lift from the mountains, rainfall totals exceeded 12 inches and it all drained into area creeks, streams and rivers causing the devastating inland flooding that is now Irene's legacy.

Local volunteers travel to Gulf Coast to help with emergency storm needs

Our local Red Cross volunteers are stepping up.

As of today, ten volunteers are deploying to Florida and the Gulf Coast to help communities with any sort of emergency storm needs.

Some of the volunteers began leaving last week, including Alan Hodges of Latham.

He's now stationed in Tampa.

Two State Assemblymen will hold their own public meeting on proposed toll hikes

Assembly members Steve Mclaughlin and Jim Tedisco have been asking the thruway authority to hold a meeting here, but to no avail.

The Authority instead, held public hearings in other areas across the state.

It wants to hike tolls for trucks by 45%.

The Legislative Public Meeting will be held September fifth from ten to one in the Alfred E. Smith Building.

Albany trolleys sold, new owners to be discussed

ALBANY - The Albany Trolleys have been sold.

The new owners will be introduced tomorrow morning, and future plans for the vehicles, discussed.

The trolleys were part of the Aqua Ducks Fleet in Downtown Albany.

The amphibious vehicles were sold and the final tours given last month.

The trolleys have since been used at weddings and other functions.

School grades can improve from programs like Taekwondo

School grades often improve as children learn to focus and work toward achievement.

NewsChannel13's guest says learning Taekwondo can help.

Master Doo Young Pai from Pai's Taekwondo came to NewsChannel13 with Kevin Stegemann and Kevin Bruno.

Early morning blaze brings damage to Sunoco Station

WATERVLIET - An early morning gas station fire is under investigation.

The fire broke out at a Sunoco station on 19th Street in Watervliet.

The building sustained substantial damage.

No one was injured.

Mock dorm fire demonstration held

First year students at the Albany College of Pharmacy are getting a lesson in fire safety.

The Albany Fire Department set fire to a mock dorm room today.

The fast moving fire quickly consumed everything inside; all things typically found in a college dorm room.

Fire officials say nine students were killed last year in campus related fires across the U.S.