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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

one year.


it has been one year since hurricane irene plowed through our area.

one year ago, the skies suddenly opened up and dumped days worth of rain in a very short period of time.  almost every river and stream in the state of vermont flooded.

and when i say flooded...i mean houses were torn apart and sent down rivers...

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...businesses were ruined...
 
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...roads washed away...
 
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...the floods were so strong they took cars, oil tanks, trees, and even houses...right down the river...
 
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...building structures were completely compromised and ruined...
 
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...bridges gave out...
 
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 ...the beloved covered bridge (viewed from simon pearce restaurant) in quechee, vt...

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...stores were flooded and all of their merchandise -- ruined...
 
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...the aerial view of the quechee covered bridge...

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...the roads completely gave way to the rush of water...
 
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...without roads to get home (or get out) thousands were stranded and hundreds of thousands were without power for days...

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...the entire shopping plaza - flooded with several feet of contaminated, muddy water...
 
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...i couldn't have said it better myself...
 
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the before and afters are crazy to believe...

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despite all the damage...all the people who lost their homes...all the people who thought they had no where to turn...

...they did have somewhere.

our great community.

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...the work has begun on the quechee covered bridge...
 
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people helped their neighbors and strangers alike...because that is what community is all about.  and if you can't band together when the going gets rough, when can you?

there are still places where the damage is clear...and there are people who will never get back some of the precious things they lost.  but gaining a sense of community is everlasting.

i feel truly blessed to live in this area.  the upper valley is such a special place with special people who want to keep it that way.

it's so amazing to think about the masses that showed up to help... the state of maine sent workers and their dump trucks to help clean up.  the united valley interfaith project worked hard to protect and support the employees of j.c.penney, one of the worst-hit stores.  businesses contributed to funds... people gave money, clothes, and household items to those in need... there were benefit concerts and dinners... fundraisers galore... just yesterday there was a benefit golf tournament held by keegan bradley (he's from woodstock, vt) to benefit the vermont disaster relief fund...

you know irene proved?  she can take your oil tank down the river...hell, she can take your whole house...but she won't take away the strength of this community.


for more information on how you can help, visit the vermont disaster relief fund's website.


=) andrea




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