Trails of Irene

Murph2010

Shippenville, United States

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G’day, RedBubble community! I’m back from my summer in Vermont, and felt it would be appropriate to return here with a reminder of the terrible destruction wrought by Hurricane Irene upon this beautiful state.

This is just the smallest example of the storm’s destruction. Driving through the southern half of Vermont through September and October, it was not at all rare to see lived-in houses with their foundations swept out and roofs caved in. A general store that was located over a gorge was missing half of the building. Roads had been washed out, trapping residents of certain towns until they were fixed. Riverbanks washed out, revealing large slopes of brown, instead of the green that typifies Vermont. Rivers and streams were redirected.

And that’s exactly what happened above. As the blue blaze suggests, this stream had previously been a trail headed towards Killington Peak. Water is a powerful force, but the typical speed at which it alters the landscape allows us to forget. Sometimes, though, we’re allowed high-speed peak at its true force.

Road crews in VT have been working tirelessly and have opened all the major routes, but the state is still recovering.

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