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.
Keene Valley NY:
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.
This was the Keene Firehouse:
Ciao & Love