After being out and about today, Harry and I have realized that we were definitely the lucky ones in this storm! The Albany area has a lot of bridges, with the Hudson River and the Mohawk River, and many of them are closed today. At one point today, the “twin bridges” pictured here, which are located on the interstate which heads to the Adirondacks, were closed in both directions due to a runaway barge with a 30 ft crane on it which was coming down the river. They managed to corral it, so that road has been reopened as far as I know. Also in Schenectady, there is a lock that the authorities are concerned could be breached, so they are evacuating people in that area. Mudslides in Troy, flooding in Scotia where the condo I used to own is located – Harry and I are definitely counting our blessings today!
My sister has been without power since yesterday morning at 8 am, and I believe their power is still out. They do have a generator, but still, with three kids – not fun!
Surprisingly, the people who seem to have been affected by this even more are the upstate areas, like where my mother lives. I have been watching the photos pop up on facebook all day.
This is a picture of downtown I took last year when Harry and I were going to my mom’s for the weekend. We were outside the local pizza place, picking up a pizza to bring up with us.
This is the spot where we were standing (picture borrowed from fb)
Here’s another one – this is the main road going into town. (also borrowed)
There are so many pictures of damaged roads and property – looks like there will be many months of cleanup coming up. I don’t think it can be said that Irene didn’t pack a punch – she just didn’t do it where it was expected.