Hurricane Irene took a trip up the East Coast this weekend, leaving destruction in her wake.
Evacuations were ordered in coastal communities in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. For the first time ever, parts of NYC were evacuated and the subway system was closed. Luckily, by the time Irene arrived, she has weakened enough to limit the damage there.
Coastal Connecticut is facing flooding from the storm surge and the destruction of homes and businesses. Some people were trapped in their homes by flood waters. One person in Prospect perished in a house fire caused by the storm, and two men canoeing in Bristol went missing in the flooded streets. As of this post, one man had been recovered and one was still mising.
Here in Northwest Connecticut, we are facing power outages and river flooding. A number of roads were closed by Sunday afternoon, including the entrance to THS, Riverside Ave. at Besse Park, and South Main Street from Iffland Lumber to the Cemetary. The Farmington River is already above flood stage and the Housatonic River is supposed to crest @ the 3rd highest level ever sometime late this evening.
Professional development for school staff was cancelled on Monday, but as of now, New Student Orientation will be on Tuesday and school will still start on Wednesday.