My home county, Schoharie County in upstate NY was devastated by Hurricane Irene at the end of the summer.
Locally, there were certain areas that received 11.5-12.5 inches of rain in a short period of time (less than 24 hours). The village of Schoharie sits in a valley, the Schoharie Valley, and the Catskill mountains are basically the water supply for the valley. All of this runoff water went downstream into the valley, thus causing massive flooding. I could go on and on about the flooding that occurred, but I'll list a few examples I saw first hand:
A house was washed away, a full house, and carried about 8 miles downstream crashing into a bridge closing I-88 (a major highway) for more than a week. The oldest single span covered bridge in the entire world was destroyed due to the flood. Main street of Schoharie had multiple feet of water. I went in the county office building 6 days after the flood, and the entire records floor was destroyed, and being from a small town, not everything was digitized. All county office buildings had to be relocated to other parts of the county. The DMV had to shut down, and it was so far behind with paperwork that when I turned 21, I didn't get a new license. I flew (yes I'm a pilot) over Schoharie about a month after the flood, and I wasn't expecting to see the damage still that bad, but you could clearly see where it did and didn't flood. I could keep going on, but basically, the town was ruined.
Aftermath of flood (I didn't take this video, but I do have still shots, I went to help clean up)
Day after (worse flooding happened during the night, and Prattsville is right next to Schoharie)
The drive from my town to where my college is should take about 35-45 minutes depending on traffic. Because of so many roads being closed or washed away, it took me just over 6 hours. That's how bad it affected the roads.
The local people have rebuilt, and now there is a chance for the local school to get a huge amount of money for technology and science based goods. The top 5 videos get part of the $1,000,000 worth of technology, with the judges choosing 4 of the 5, and voters choosing the last 1. There are currently 12 finalist (there were over 1500 applications) and Schoharie is one of the top 12. They are currently winning the voting, but it's very close (within a few hundred) of them and the second place school.
You can vote once per day, and the contest ends March 12, so NS, please help my hometown and neighbors in rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster.
Then vote for the Schoharie video. You will need to register an e-mail with Samsung, but it's very simple. Help out my town.