Important Update: After the Flood

| September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

An important message from Martin Rivas, organizer of After the Flood: A Compilation to Benefit Upstate NY Victims of Hurricane Irene:

“This update comes to you with as heavy a heart as I have had in a long time. The flooding in Upstate New York following Hurricane Irene has left many small towns and farms destroyed.

Many families are effectively homeless, many of whom have spent several generations in the same mountain-cradled homes in quiet towns like Margaretville, Big Indian, Middleburgh, Esperance, Windham, Accord, Schoharie, Central Bridge, and on and on.

Farms that have provided wheat as far back as to the soldiers that served under General George Washington during the American Revolution lay beneath feet of water, made toxic by petroleum containers turned asunder by the raging floodwater. No one can give an answer to when, or even if, these formerly-fertile farmlands will grow crops again.

Here’s a story and photos that really drive home the devastation.

It’s too much to process. This is their Katrina. Yet, no national news coverage is being devoted to their plight. They effectively have no voice to call attention to this devastation on their behalf.

With that in mind, 43 NYC-based singer/songwriters have joined together to rush-release After the Flood: a Compilation to Benefit Upstate New York Victims of Hurricane Irene, and it is available now at

Please, please, PLEASE visit the page, and consider a donation. You’ll get some bitchin’ music in return. 43 songs for $15? That’s ridiculous. So we’ve made it that you can donate as much as you wish above that minimum donation. We’ll hope you’ll do so.

Proceeds are already reaching county-based charities and action programs in Schoharie, Ulster, Albany, Delaware, and Greene Counties in New York State.

In 3+ days we have raised over $6,500. It is completely via social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr that word is spreading. Good folks such as Chris Cuomo of Good Morning America, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, NBC News, and many others have re-tweeted the fiercely urgent message.

It is equally important that you share this with as many people as you can, or wish to. Many people are hearing about this situation for the first time when they receive a message from one of us. Please help in letting people know that a) this is happening, b) that it’s happening only 100 or so miles from one of the biggest, richest cities in the world, and c) they can HELP.

These people need far more help than we can ever provide. But we can provide help. Please join us in letting them know that they are not forgotten.” ~Martin Rivas



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