This is a preview. Much more work to be done on a final product as Rochester continues to rebuild after Irene. Leave me some feedback.
After the Storm by Mumford and Sons.
Some context: The woman speaking at the end is Mary Sue Crowley, the principal of the high school. Their house sits on a flood plain/corn field and gets surrounded by water every spring in the floods. This time around they were trapped on the 2nd floor until the water receeded. The idea that that house survived the ’27 flood is amazing, and inspiring.
While we lucked out with Irene where I am in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Central Vermont took it hard. If we hadn’t gotten out in advance of the storm, we’d probably only be getting out of the state now. Facebook became a makeshift disaster recovery system in a really fascinating way (someone should really study the emergence of that, it’s pretty damn impressive).
There are lots of pictures of this event, but these Helicopter Survey images are some of the most striking, as you can see the damage at scale.