Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

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Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22426Post ctyanky
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:12 pm

https://www.wcvb.com/article/irene-s-un ... nd/8119847

Lest we forget. There are still areas along some of the rivers I drive by where you can see past damage from the flooding. Looking at some of these shots on a boston website brings back a lot of memories of the devastation incurred from Irene. Leave it to Vermonters to get back on their feet in record time showing the real meaning of community.
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Re: Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22428Post mmvt
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:55 pm

The destruction left by Irene in VT was incredible - large sections of majors roads in southern/central VT simply washed away, bridges were torn apart, homes were lost, part of a cemetery washed away, fields were flooded and lots of other horrible damage. Ten plus communities became "islands" - unable to be reached by vehicle for over a week. Power was lost in many places across southern and central VT. a Father and son died in Chittenden when they were attempting to work on something at the Dam during the height of the storm. Businesses with assets like helicopters helped to get needed medical supplies to communities. Others used ATV vehicles to help out.
Amazingly, as soon as the storm ended, many people got to work to rebuild and create short term solutions to BIG problems. Near Rochester, folks built a pedestrian bridge - with vehicles parked on either side of the rather long bridge - residents could walk over the bridge to their car and get to work. Other residents with heavy machinery started clearing debris from roads - route 4 sustained a TON of damage but was made somewhat passable in a very short period of time. In communities with no power, residents got together and cooked up food that would otherwise spoil and provided daily meals for people. Within a month, every single road in the state except for one (route 107) was passable - 107 took a year to fix because access to it was extremely limited with a river on one side and mountains on the other.... it's a great road to drive now!

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Re: Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22431Post ctyanky
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:05 pm

Amen! Well said! :D

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Re: Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22435Post wentworth
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:49 am

Not only that, but it was worst Fall in Vermont history in 2011 as far as colors go, the extreme rainstorms not only caused massive flooding damage, Irene also created black mold in the trees and prevented them from turning color, we drove everywhere saw almost no color that year, I swear that in Killington all the hills were just colorless and brown, it was so depressing, I hope to never see that again in my lifetime--Hurricanes are for us down here in Florida(and hurricanes are actually a lot of fun and incredible experiences to witness the power of nature as long as its a minimal one with 75 to 80 mph winds), where they are just mostly annoyances(unless your house gets blown away), hurricanes don't belong in Vermont, Irene was just a freak storm--Ironically, although the colors were ruined in 2011, the very next year, 2012, was one of the best Falls in Vermont history, beautiful color in many places, we just had a blast that year

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Re: Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22442Post loafer89
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:02 pm

Thankfully Hurricane Dorian is around here for the first week of September. If it was a month from now, foliage lovers would have mini heart attacks based on eventual track. Foliage season for 2011 was pretty awful, last year was similar in Massachusetts with rust colored foliage until leaf drop. I have a feeling this year will be a good one with fingers crossed. It's been a hot/humid summer, but Fall weather looks to set in late next week. Hopefully it stays for good.


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Re: Eight Years Ago This Week: Hurrican Irene Devastates VT and New England

Post: # 22443Post ctyanky
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:37 pm

Hey Loafer! Great to see you back here! I've been up in VT almost every weekend most of the summer for day trips. Things look and feel different up there lately, as far as cool weather (day and night) as well as the beginnings of emerging color that I have not experienced the last couple of years. The highlands of route 9 in the Woodford area were the most apparent and along 30 from Brattleboro right into Manchester Center showed me that we were turning the corner a lot sooner than before. Even here in CT, the same deal. We have had adequate rainfall and humidity is better than dry which sucks the moisture out big time. So many bright sunshiny days and cool nights lately! I know it can change in a heartbeat; these are just my own observations and impressions of course...…….

By the way, next Saturday is Litchfield's 300th anniversary on the town green and I'll be there most of the day and tooling the back roads in the NW corner. Keep in touch. CT


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