HURRICANE IRENE VERMONT STYLE

This has not been the SUMMER OF LOVE for Brattleboro.

First the Brooks House on Main Street, which is on the Register of Historic Places, burnt down.  Closing down 50 apartments and around 10 businesses.

Then a co-worker shoots his Manager at the Co-Op a month ago.

And now this, the  flooding of what are normally cute quaint creeks.

Although, Brattleboro itself did not get major downpours or wind, Tropical Storm Irene hovered over the Green Mountains dropping down 4-7 inches of rain.  Brattleboro is in a valley below the Green Mountains and Whetstone creek brought those 4-7 inches of water to town Sunday.

Brattleboro is not the only town in Vermont where a usually mild-mannered creek turned ugly on Sunday, but we live here and it is our home.  Here is what I saw around town today after the water receded.

Mud, proof the creek was there, where it was not supposed to be.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

A car knee-deep in it all.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

This guy was not only wondering how to get the mud off his driveway, but also out of his basement.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

A crawfish where it should not be, thanks to the raging Whetstone Creek.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The now floor-less Whetstone Artist Studios.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding
From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The artists moving out as fast as they can.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

Bless the dirty clean-up crew.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The once quaint Whetstone Creek raged itself a new wide berth.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

William Street got the brunt of the damage, like the double holed bridge below.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The creek came and then it went.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The Brattleboro Black Hole.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

Flying Trees.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The Boys & Girls Club just got a make-over…I think they are ready for another one.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

Although this colorful granite bench was underwater yesterday, it now glows around the mud.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The pumping of water…where it should not have gone…in the basements.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

One of our favorite eating and watering holes had too much water yesterday.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

A cute brick building on the creek, now takes in water through the windows.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The Connecticut River is now a conduit for debris.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding
From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The train can make it through, but the mud remains.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

Although still high, it is hard to believe this country creek reeked so much havoc yesterday.

From Hurricane Irene Vermont Style = Flooding

The flooding from Tropical Storm Irene has closed down around 250 roads, damaged or completely destroyed many of the beloved old covered bridges, and even caused the death of one person in Vermont.  

This post is in honor of all the lives lost and damage done from Irene, up and down the East Coast.

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~ by HenderBalz on August 29, 2011.

6 Responses to “HURRICANE IRENE VERMONT STYLE”

  1. So happy to know you and Jim are okay, but so sad to hear about the continuing damage on the East coast. Stay safe. xoxo

    • All is okay in Brat-town…clean up is in progress and people are moving on. Vermonters are a tough group to get down! Thanks for your words and we are A-Okay!

  2. I’m an employee of a Boys & Girls Club in Virginia. We live far enough inland that we were not affected by the hurricane. Can some one give me some information about this Boys & Girls Club in Vermont that was damaged? My organization is always looking for service projects to do for others. There may be a small way we can help our BGC neighbors to the north.

    • Hello,

      Thanks for your comment and offer of help. I am sure the Boys & Girls Club here in Brattleboro, VT will highly appreciate it. I will pass on your message and your information to them.

  3. thats awful when did it happen how many people died and how many survived

    • This was in late August a lot of the North East got hit pretty bad…especially Vermont and upstate NY. Not sure about the death count…but maybe just a couple of people??

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