It was one year ago this week that Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a “mere” Tropical Storm and kicked Vermont’s ass anyway. Cowardly wench that she was, Irene didn’t stick around for what she had coming to her, and made it clear across the Atlantic before finally fizzling out somewhere over Europe, leaving us with nothing to do but try to pick up the pieces of our tiny, flood-ravaged state.
Repair and replacement of roads and bridges continues, though not nearly on the scale of the first few months, and here at Fish in a Barrel Pond we patched up what we hope is the last of Irene’s wrath just a few weeks ago.
The aftermath of Irene in this neck of the woods was covered in these pages for over a month and there is a tab at the top of this page that leads to a post with links to those stories, all neat and orderly, for a good look back at what she did to us. Most of the photos in those stories were taken by Victor Salvo, who in some circles is quite notorious. He is also an accomplished photographer and a good friend. He came to Vermont after Irene to help and to document what he saw as recovery efforts got underway. Take a look at the stories in A Project: In Vermont, After Irene. I think you’ll enjoy Vic’s work very much. You can also view some of his other work on his web site victorsalvo.com.
One year later it is obvious that, while amazing effort and incredible expense have been put forth, thanks to Tropical Storm Irene, some things will never be the same.
Shortly after the rain of Irene let up, a band of beavers took it upon themselves to seal a pair of culverts nearby. Victor also documented a good portion of the ensuing dispute as one man worked against the determined rodents to keep the water flowing and save a road. For some reason, Victor finds these kinds of things funny. Other beaver conflicts have been addressed previously in these pages but last year’s battle became dangerous, bordering on destructive, and it is (partially) recounted in the post “Quill Gordon Can Take His Job and …“
The aftermath of Irene and the exciting, behind the scenes story of culvert maintenance inspired Victor to edit many of the photos he took, along with the stories told on this blog, into a book. That book, “Beaver Damage, a Vermont Story” is available HERE.
Vic’s photos are always stunning, and that Ken Hall guy is not a bad writer (even if his To Do lists are not exactly subtle). Order your copy now, or drop me a line using the “Contact” tab above and we’ll see what we can do about getting you your very own edition, personally signed by Victor and Ken.
It is late August and that means the beavers are active again, damming streams and blocking culverts in preparation for the winter to come, and I find myself, once again, mitigating the damage as best I can.
Thanks to Irene, some things will never be the same but it is clear that, in spite of Irene, some things will never change.