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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© seekingsearchingmeaning (aka Hermionejh) and Life On Earth’s Blog, 2010 – infinity.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

The Tree of Damocles

On my hike at Franconia Notch, this tree was hanging in mid-air, caught up by the branches of two or three trees growing over the river bed.

It looks like the spring run-off, or one of the intense storms that sent a surge down the river, made this tree vault straight up, where it now hangs.

I didn’t capture the full view with my camera, but I tried to shoot where the broken tree’s branches were caught up with the live tree branches above the middle of the river bed.

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© seekingsearchingmeaning (aka Hermionejh) and Life On Earth’s Blog, 2010 – infinity.