It’s Monday morning and Hurricane Irene left at least 21 dead in its wake and a danger of flooding across the U.S. East Coast. The damage from Irene will be more from inland flooding, storm surge and fallen trees than by wind damage.
Vermont’s seeing some of its worst flooding since 1927, with brooks turned into turbulent rivers, endangering homes and people. 260 roads in Vermont have been affected, many underwater now. Many bridges have been destroyed or washed out.
Places in North Carolina have been isolated as bridges have been destroyed by the flood waters. Places in New Jersey have seen water as deep as 3 feet inundating homes. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has seen parts of its outer hub under water that climbed to street sign levels. Inland locations between New York City and Princeton have seen water as high as 12 feet. Homes have been swept away in the rising flood waters in Connecticut. Some island communities have been devastated by wave action and storm surge waters, destroying infrastructure and homes.
The flood water currents remain deep, fast, and dangerous. Several of the deaths so far have been attributed to the flood waters sweeping away the victims. There have been six deaths in North Carolina, four each in Pennsylvania and Virginia, two in New York and one each in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont. The U.S. Navy is helping with search and rescue efforts all along the coast.