When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven, an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced.
In late August of 2011, New England prepared as the storm barreled up the east coast. Though downgraded to a tropical storm, Irene was still daunting -- and deadly. To the surprise of many, Vermont was the hardest hit, with roads, bridges, and farmland badly damaged and lives lost. But parts of New Hampshire were hit hard as well. We’ll talk about how we’re recovering from this storm and what we’ve learned.
The White Mountain National Forest will be getting $4 million in federal funds to repair road and bridge damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. But that will still leave the enormous recreational area well short of what it needs, an official said.
It is still a bit of good news for the economy of the North Country.
Some of the work will be done by WMNF crews but help from outside contractors will be needed, said Tiffany Benna, a spokeswoman for the WMNF.
The money is available from the Federal Highway Administration, said spokesman Doug Hecox.
In White River Junction, a melange of fascinating businesses face challenges recovering from Irene...but not nearly so great as the obstacles facing residents of West Hartford, many of whom lost their homes to the raging White River.
Just over the border from New Hampshire in Vermont, the Upper Valley town of Hartford was ravaged by flash floods from Hurricane Irene.
Business owners and residents in the villages of White River Junction and West Hartford who have lost everything are doing what they can to dig out from the mud and debris.
Three rivers in the northern part of the state set new records thanks to Irene. On Sunday the water flow was more than 100 times normal for the Saco and more than that for the East Branch of the Pemigewasset and the Pemi.
During Irene’s visit anyone who looked at the torrents called the Saco, East Branch of the Pemigewasset and the Pemigewasset probably guessed that the horrifying amount of water tearing past was a record.
And that was the case, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.