Construction continues on the large washout of Route 23 near Prattsville. This damage was caused by Hurricane Irene which caused the Batavia Kill and the nearby Schoharie Creek to flood.

The photos below show the ongoing work even in a nor’easter that brought as much as 6 inches of snow to the Catskills. Just two days later many parts of the Northeast received snowfall totaling twice as much.  Reports of over 3 million people lost power. New Jersey called a state of emergency.

It is rumored that this section of Route 23 which connects Prattsville to Windham and to the New York State Thruway- Exit 21 will be be completed by December 2… “The lines will be painted by December 2.”

This is a massive amount of work and it is being done even in a nor’easter.

2012 Update- See photos from May 2012 of the same area:

Photo below shows ongoing construction of Route 23 from damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Red Falls can be seen in the right part of the photograph. The backhoe in the left part of the photograph sits on top of Route 23.

A slightly different angle from above. Route 23 can be seen in the right part of the photo. The backhoe as seen in the left is building dirt up to reconstruct Route 23. Red Falls is seen in the far distance in about the middle of the photo.

Route 23 is closed between Prattsville and Windham because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene.

A photograph of Red Falls during a snow storm from Route 23.

Red Falls

NY Route 23 Aerial View from Red Falls that shows the damage caused by the flooding of Hurricane Irene. Aerial photograph taken in September 2011.

Additional Information

  • NY Route 23
  • Leeds
  • Rip Van Winkle Bridge
  • Hudson
  • Windham (northbound)
  • Tannersville (southbound)


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