Living just outside Boston, MA, I was well aware of Hurricane Irene that was headed up the East coast this past weekend. The husband and I brought in patio furniture, found all our flashlights and stocked up on baby formula. Then came the wait. Friday night, nothing. Saturday, we had some rain and wind, but nothing we haven’t dealt with before. Sunday, we were ready. Ready to lose power, ready to be without power for awhile, and ready for flooding of our garage.

But the storm came and went without much fanfare, it never seemed like it was raining that bad and the wind was greater than usual but nothing went down near us. I know other towns outside Boston lost power and had many trees down, but we seemed to escape pretty easily. Early in the evening I talked to my sister in Philly, who is without power. And my parents, who are in different parts of Vermont, who said it was rainy but nothing bad.

Hours later my phone was getting inundated with texts from my family. The rain was getting more intense and there was flooding, and it just kept getting worse and worse.

My words can do no justice. I will share with you some images and videos that were shared with me.

Before you go and say that this hurricane was overhyped and overrated, think about VT, and all the people who have lost their homes and belongings.

Woodstock, VT. Those white things floating are propane tanks.
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Wooden Covered Bridge in Quechee, VT, 8/28.
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Same bridge, 8/29.
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Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT.IMG 1579

Plaza in West Lebanon, NH.
Check out the water line on the bricks.
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RT 4, just outside Rutland, VT. If you’re familiar with the area, just past Sugar and Spice.
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These are just the areas near my family and friends, many parts are worse. Please keep VT in your prayers. I hope all your families and friends are safe as well.