Irene Was Worse Than We Thought!

hurricane irene damage

Tree and power line down

Holy Cow! Vermont was all over the news yesterday and today! Worst flood damage in 83 years!

As we nonchalantly mosied down to Burlington yesterday, thinking the storm would not be so bad, here’s what was happening at our little camp in the woods, near the lake.

As you can see in this picture, a very large branch from a very large tree has fallen, taking out our power line, and nearly missing our toolshed. We came home to this yesterday evening. Initially, I didn’t even notice this giant branch was down, I was too focused on carrying Fuzz down the slippery steps to the house, while trying to keep his little raincoat on him. The wind was whipping the rain in both of our faces.

The winds were so high, we were worried that more trees might fall on the house.  My husband’s little sailboat was floating away, anchor and all, despite his adding a third line yesterday morning.

With all these realities, we decided it was best to hightail it out of there and go to my father-in-law’s place across the lake. This meant taking an 11-minute, very gusty and mildly harrowing ferry ride across Lake Champlain, but it was better than hanging around our place. I seriously took a dramamine, breastfeeding be darned.

On the way to the ferry, it was hurricane mayhem.
More trees down!

Sparkles from power lines!

Cows. Loose!

There was no power across the lake either, but at least we weren’t ON the lake anymore, plus there were tons of candles there, mostly leftover from our wedding 5 years ago. The power recovered about an hour later, just in time for the kids to go to bed after our delicious granola and yogurt dinner.

We’re back in our place now, cleaning up the wreckage. The power is back here too, but we have a lot of work to do. Not sure we could’ve done anything to prevent this from happening, other than cut down the tree beforehand, and it’s a hundred year-old Oak, so we didn’t want to do that.

We’re all fine and safe though. I’m thankful for that. Fuzz slept right through the ferry ride, and he seemed to enjoy the candlelit living room before the lights came back on.

Hope all is well with you and your babies too.

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