NY Gov. Cuomo says damage from Irene to hit $1B

By MARY ESCH | August 31, 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

Michael Lancto digs a drain for water to flow away from his and others houses after Tropical Storm Irene flooded parts of the town, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in Windham, N.Y. Officials say more than a dozen towns in Vermont and at least three in New York are cut off, with roads and bridges washed out by flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. In New York, the towns of Keene in the Adirondacks, and Windham and Phoenicia in the Catskills are effectively isolated by damage to roads and bridges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WINDHAM, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects damage in the state from Tropical Storm Irene to total $1 billion.

He's speaking Wednesday in Prattsville, a Catskills Mountain community that like many others was hard hit by the torrential rains and wind over the weekend.

He's joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.