Hurricane Irene Damage in Elizabethtown, Keene & Keene Valley NY

I was in the High Peaks region of NY this past week, helping to photograph a wedding. That Saturday we knew that Irene was heading up the coast, but I never expected to see such flooding and damage in the Adirondacks area come Sunday & Monday.

I don’t really have very many words for what I saw and the destruction Irene brought. Below are a few photos from the Elizabethtown, Keene & Keene Valley areas where the flooding hit.
What I will say is, the people of Keene & Keene Valley NY need help: volunteers to be on the ground helping with clean-up, funds to help support those who lost their homes, their businesses. The Keene firehouse was completely destroyed. Please consider donating to the Red Cross or offering help to those in need, not only in the Keene & Keene Valley area but those affected throughout NY and New England.
Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

ps. If you do head over to the Keene Valley area to help, please consider staying at the Keene Valley Hostel. It is in the part of town that wasn’t as severely affected by the floods, and it is a very warm and welcoming spot to stay.


Elizabethtown NY:


Keene Valley NY:

Route 73 connecting Keene & Keene Valley and a major road to Lake Placid:

On a normal day, you would never stand on 73 like this. Traffic flies by at 60-70 mph. It would be a suicidal to try to stand there and take such an image. This day, it was eerily quiet, the loudest sound was the rushing water below and from the nearby waterfall. While there was a deep beauty to the quiet, it was also tarnished by the sadness of the destruction that lay just ahead.


Keene NY:

This was the Keene Firehouse:

Ciao & Love

Stacey D

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Sandy

    I was there this past weekend…. I see you have my Aunt and cousin in one of your pics. My Aunts house was devistated, several other realtives had a lot of damage too…. you really captured it.

    1. Stacey Doyle

      Hi Sandy,
      Thank you. And I am so so sorry about your Aunt’s home & your other relatives struggling after this. I hope & pray they receive the assistance and shelter they need.
      Be well,
      Stacey D

  2. Joanne

    We’ve come to the Adirondacks from Mass every summer for the last 30 years, always up in the High Peaks area. This devastation is heartbreaking — I’m so sorry.

    Our relatives come up from Texas every year to be with us, and they know these roads well :-(( Would if be ok if I repost one of your pictures of Rte 73 (only with your permission, with your name/URL)?

    Wishing you all the best,

    1. Stacey Doyle

      Hi Joanne,

      Of course you may share any of the photos with credit. Thank you for asking first.
      I’m hoping they’ll ask for volunteers soon to help clear out the trails etc. I know there are plenty of people itching to get working to get things back to some place of normalcy.

      Thank you for your note!
      Stacey D

  3. Joanne

    Thanks Stacey — and good luck.
    All the best,

  4. Patricia

    We too are constant visitors to the High Peaks region, and were greatly saddened to learn of the devastation. Your pictures capture the essence of the power of mother-nature! If you do visit NJ – we’d love to meet you and have a photo session with our family.

  5. Cassie

    You should take pictures for the newspaper. My friends and were camping that direction during the event. We drove the town of jay and almost got struck on a road by the river. The pictures very well captured the destruction.

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