Here in Massachusetts, we mainly escaped any damage from hurricane Irene. We lost power for six hours, had to watch our basement very carefully, and clean up some downed tree limbs, but for us it was mainly just a really bad storm.
Pity those in Vermont who are dealing with something much, much worse. All of the major rivers in the state are flooding, leading to horrible conditions that everyone's comparing to the huge floods of 1927. Matt Sutkoski gives us some of the gory details, including the stunning fact that "...many places had well over five inches of rain in 18 hours. I saw a report of 7.15 inches in Randolph Center." Just an awful situation.