Photo by Mindy
I have spent most of today watching the news and various social network sites for information on the post-Irene apocalypse going on at home. This is my former apartment building. They say that the river has not crested yet and will rise another 5 feet in the coming days. More than a little glad I have relocated.
There has been massive destruction far and wide, from the Catskills throughout Vermont. Today all of the major bridges in the Capital District were closed as a 40 foot "runaway barge" with a 30 foot crane it on floated down the Mohawk. Several houses nearby were destroyed in a mudslide, while numerous others were flooded, and remain without power and water. Hundreds of bridges, homes and towns in Vermont were completely obliterated
Aside from a day without power most of my friends and family survived unscathed. Tragically, the father of a friend died of a massive heart attack while bailing out their basement after they lost power and their pump stopped working. I can't imagine what she is going through. To all the people talking about the "hype" of Irene, perhaps you should come visit New York or Vermont. Assuming you can find a helicopter to bring you there, since most major roads are currently flooded.