On Sunday, August 28th, the Weather Channel reported the last bands of rain and wind had passed through
. Hurricane Irene was dubbed a
meteorological flop. From the often storm battered coast of New York City , I found it hard to believe that this
storm had let so many off the hook. Florida
I checked my facebook page to see how friends and family in
were doing. Photo
after photo, along with unbelievable videos of catastrophic flooding proved
that A) forecasters and news outlets were quick to dismiss the consequences of
heavy rain in a landlocked, mountainous state and B) Vermont Vermont
is in fact part of the . They even have maps to prove it. United
My friend Chris Saylor, the ranger at
Park in uploaded some stunning
photos and videos of the park as the rampaging Buffalo Brook stormed through it.
Turbulent mud and boulders had ripped through roads and taken out bridges
leaving behind an unfathomable landscape of debris and muck. In all of the
destruction, one little curiosity caught Chris’ attention. Buffalo Brook is
known for gold panners who occasionally find flakes and nuggets. Chris found
something else bright and shiny. He sent me a photo and asked “what’s this?” In
his hand was a now deceased Sculpin (Cottus sp.) that had been washed away
from its stony brook hideaway into an open field. Ludlow,
It’s hard to say how Hurricane Irene impacted the wildlife of
brooks, streams and rivers. It is clear how it has affected the Vermonters.
Despite over 200 road closures, 30 bridge washouts and hundreds of houses
destroyed across the state, the people of Vermont are picking up the pieces, digging
themselves out and standing tall in the face of adversity. Their positive
spirit can not be washed away. Vermont
To help Vermonters in need please visit the Vermont Food Bank and offer what you can.
Photos provided by Chris Saylor.