Post-Irene: Revisited

This used to be a road. Now it is a lake.

Remember how I was all like “Hurricane Irene, Schmuricane Irene”?

This was a loading dock. Now it's what, a pier?

The photos above are from the Meadowlands (out of my 10-mile radius, in north Jersey, right outside New York City), which is normally a swamp on a dry day. After all this rain, it’s still crazy flooded. I took both of these photos this morning (Wednesday, August 31, 2011) from the train.

And now, the local news.

Don't fall!

Remember how I said New Providence barely got scratched by Irene? I didn’t look in the right direction. This is right next to the New Providence train station (if you look closely at the far left of the photo, you can see a guy waiting for the 6:39 morning train).

That pole is leaning at a disturbing angle because…

Division Street: Divided.

…its neighboring three poles are all on the ground, completely cutting off Division Street.

Whoa. That sucks.

I have not yet seen the Passaic River, but I hope to check it out this weekend (if it doesn’t rain). It’s apparently flooding terribly, but the river is usually more of a creek by the time it trickles past Summit, so I don’t know what to expect. I bet the trails through the Passaic River Park are trashed, too.

P.S. Here’s a slideshow of the floods that screwed up New Jersey Transit.

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