Monday, August 29, 2011

A casualty of the hurricane

I'll be honest with you, at first I thought this hurricane was wimpy. The news coverage was overdone, people were panicked, and the hurricane was never going to be able to live up to the hype. We watched it rain a lot on Sunday and at times it would get a little windy, but that was it. I might have even said at one point, "Is this all you got?"

When I got to work this morning you can imagine my surprise when people were talking about how Vermont got pounded and all the roads were closed. But yes, somehow we were fine here and 3 miles away there was widespread flooding. For the most part people are ok, but on the VT/NH border the Connecticut river flooded a bunch of big retail stores. And many, many covered bridges were destroyed. Including my favorite one so far in Quechee (pronounced kwee-chee).

Here it is before the storm (doesn't it seem so high up)?

It is right next to a little dam, and a fancy restaurant/glass-blowing place. (and yes, I think Levi kinda wanted to jump in)

We went there for the balloon festival.

And now a storm made it look like this.

Here is a video of the craziness. I'm amazed that water filled the whole waterfall/dam, and flooded the restaurant, and wiped away that walkway we were standing on. I'm sure things will get rebuilt but right now it just looks like a battle zone. Was it because I mocked you, Irene?