Hurricane Irene certainly wasn’t the big city disaster the media made it out to be, but it was no picnic either. The storm left 5 million homes and businesses without power and over 20 people were killed along the East Coast.
The extent of Irene’s damage remains yet to be seen, as upstate New York and Vermont are really taking it on the chin.
The hurricane has caused some of the worst flooding in over 100 years in Vermont, and also left some small New York towns underwater.
Take a look at this video report from ABC News showing the devastating flooding occurring right now in New York and Vermont, including some pretty scary footage of a covered bridge washing out near Rockingham, Vermont.
In North Carolina, the flood waters totally bisected Highway 12, which connects Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to the mainland. The meant that over 2,000 people on the islands were left stranded from the North Carolina mainland.
A computer engineer in Philadelphia set up a webcam to monitor the flood waters approaching his townhome after he evacuated. At least he tried to stay positive about it, saying, “It’s stuff…it can be replaced.”
This last video below shows emergency officials rescuing an elderly couple from a flooded car in Mount Holly, Vermont.
So while the storm wasn’t exactly the “storm of the century” in the big cities, the damage Irene caused was widespread and severe.
How do YOU fare? Were you affected by Hurricane Irene?
- Long Island Reporter Swept Away by Hurricane Irene Surge (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- All Jokes Aside: Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene Responsible For At Least 21 Deaths, A Million Without Power In 8 States (bossip.com)
- IN PICTURES: Vermont Suffers The Worst Flooding In A Century (businessinsider.com)