Too much water

28 August 2011 § 3 Comments

Here in the Jersey suburbs Irene did bring rain and some wind. We were lucky as we are quite high up, a few of our big branches came down and we had a sleepless night. Part of town is without power until next Sunday but for the most part we are safe.

My thoughts go out to our beloved town of Phoenicia, in the Catskills where there is a state of emergency. The Esopus creek reached a record 23 feet above, which is terrifying.

I can’t get hold of our friends and neighbors there as everything is down – no phones, no power, Route 28 is blocked in five places.  Our road Woodland Valley is blocked and we don’t know yet which bridges are still standing.

Friday we were about to drive there as all the forecasts indicated Irene’s impact would be less there. Last minute we decided against it as we were later setting off and thought the evacuation exodus traffic would be too heavy.

This is so devastating for the area. This summer the area really seemed vibrant – the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and the Belleayre Music Festival brought a lot more people to the area. There were long lines in Bread Alone, the outstanding Peekamoose was packed, and Morne Imports (a general store where you can find anything AND everything) was always bustling. Mama’s Boy Cafe had transformed the eyesore of the burned out hotel into a pleasant spot. The area felt like it was starting to buzz.

I hope friends and local businesses are safe and can get through the next few days until service is back. We are thinking of you.

Thank you to the Watershed Post for keeping us informed despite the lack of information due to no internet.

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