I’ve been in awe at the damage that Hurricane Irene caused in late August. Nearly four months later, damage can be seen all over the area we are visiting. I spent some time on YouTube today looking at videos of the flooding and frankly, I’m amazed at how quickly some of the areas have recovered.
The first damage that we observed on this trip was to the Taftsville bridge. A nearby storeowner told us that it propane tanks barreling down the river hit it over and over. I believe that he told us that the repairs won’t be complete until 2013.
Driving from Woodstock to Okemo, we saw many properties damaged or destroyed by the raging water. This small stream looks like it couldn’t damage a thing, right?
I feel so sorry for these people who have lost so much, some nearly everything. It’s hard not to feel a bit guilty for being here to have a good time but then seeing this terrible damage. But then again, we are stimulating the economy by vacationing here, so that’s a good thing!