Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our Backyard Flooded From Irene

{not so charming}
I think everyone in New Jersey, New York and Vermont is rethinking why they bought a property adjacent to a "charming" creek after Irene.  Here's a photo of our backyard during the storm. It looked like a small pond, with a fast flowing stream running through it.

{The Dowerskill Creek on a better day}
I can't find my camera's battery charger to charge the battery and take a picture of the creek at normal levels, but here's an earlier winter photo. 

What was scary about this storm was we had about 5" of rain, but what would happen if we got 11" like Vermont, or 13" like the Catskills? Would my cute little creek breech the culvert under the road downstream and have to flow over the road? Then I hate to imagine how much water would fill our lower level.

Loretta

p.s. We had a little water flowing in our basement, not from the creek, but seeping in from the ground. The dehumidifiers are still going before I clean it out.

8 comments:

  1. Irene certainly had a wicked punch - glad you are drying out!
    xo Cathy

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  2. So glad to hear you and your family are safe. We received 5.3" of rain as well but thankfully live on the side of a mountain away from rivers and creeks. My sister-in-law lives upstate NH and is still cut off from people, bridges washed out. NH is a mess with whole towns cut off. Irene reaally packed a punch!

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  3. Thanks to all who got in touch to check in on me after Irene! Things are pretty smooth here and we've got our power and phone. Cathy, you are right - I need to add New Hampshire to my list, too. They got walloped with rain as well.

    Loretta

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  4. Wow, that is so much water and so scary

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  5. I've been thinking about you non stop. I can't believe this photo. Sending love.

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  6. O my gosh! That's crazy! We had a huge old tree fall in our yard thanks to Irene. Hope you all are ok. Take care.
    xo E + J

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  7. Wow what a lot of water!! So glad that you all are alright and that your home wasn't damaged!!

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