St. Albans, Vermont
Around eight last Friday evening. Lake Champlain was calm, but on the local news they were talking about the possibility of severe erosion damage to the shoreline and islands. Until last night, back home, we had only a battery radio as a source of news, with the power out and the roads closed because of storm damage.
There was some flood damage in Connecticut from Irene, especially along the southern coast, but the vast power blackout was mainly caused by tree damage to power lines. In many parts of Vermont where we've recently been working, looking for agricultural landscape material, the flood damage is devastating. Whole towns are nearly wiped away, along with the roads that serve them. Also the towns in and around the Adirondack park where I've done a lot of work in the past few years. A lot of the places where I've photographed and that Tina has painted are going to be irrevocably changed by the storm.