Hurricane Irene’s Aftermath

I am so grateful that Hurricane Irene was a tropical storm by the time she blew through Western Massachusetts, but enough rain fell on already saturated ground that we’ve seen some of the worst flooding in over half a century in this area and in many areas of Southern Vermont where one of my sisters lives.

I am lucky enough to be on higher ground, and we didn’t lose power, but many millions did lose power, as well as having to deal with floods and downed trees.

Here’s some photos of the Eunice Williams’ Covered Bridge – where I had jumped from just a few weekends ago – and now it’s near collapse from the Green River flooding yesterday.

Before the flood:

Eunice Williams Covered Bridge, pre-flood

During the flood:

Flooded Green River at Eunice Williams Covered Bridge
Another angle Eunice Williams Covered Bridge flood
Walkway side, Eunice Williams Covered Bridge during flood
Closer view of Eunice Williams Covered Bridge walkway during flood

In this shot, all the water flow to the right in front of the now broken concrete overflow section had been solid ground and trees the day before yesterday.

Reservoir Area now flooded over August 28, 2011

Here is some video footage I took of the flooded Green River:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlaOlZIGlhs

The Deerfield River (of which the Green River is a main tributary) was also at least ten feet above its banks, flooding from Vermont through Massachusetts, where it exits into the Connecticut River, which was swollen as well but not at its flood stage as of this morning.

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2 thoughts on “Hurricane Irene’s Aftermath”

  1. I too, live in New England. When the storm was approaching we left our summer cottage in Maine because it is surrounded by hundred foot pine trees. Our home in New Hampshire is on a hill, with a safe basement and a generator. We have an apple orchard and lots of apples are now on the ground but that is really nothing. We were definitely the lucky ones. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering from this storm and has lost so much. It is such a shame about the covered bridges that were lost or damaged…so much history washed away.

    1. Thanks for reading my post and commenting! I’m glad you came through it alright. The rivers here were fuller than I’ve ever seen them and while I was away from harm, there were so many people near the rivers who lost property, or whose homes and businesses were severely damaged. I’m sad about the historic losses as well. I really hope the town’s civil and mechanical engineers fix what they can.

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