Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene – part 2

We’ve spent a lot of time today on the internet, looking at Facebook pictures and reports and reading the Patch. A few links if you’re interested to see what’s going on in our area.

YouTube video of flooding in downtown Cranford – where our synagogue is and where we have a lot of friends.

Their mayor called it the worst storm in history. Here are some photos. And here are some more, from several cities in our county. Check out photos 42+, where there are some teenage bikers going through water which is waist deep.

We took a walk around our neighborhood, which is nothing like the photos. We saw some downed branches, but nothing major and no floods. It got very windy this afternoon and looks like it’s going to rain again.

Mark still doesn’t know if he’s going to work tomorrow or he’s working from home. NJ Transit will have limited train/bus schedule into the city – not all lines will be running. He has a candidate interview at 8 a.m. – candidate is flying in from Europe and made his way to Washington D.C. Said he’s going to drive to NYC, though. The company, though, has said no one needs to come in and they can work from home if possible.

All said, we’re extremely grateful to have been spared – especially when many friends weren’t. Many in the area have no power (including some in our town). One family we know has major flooding throughout their house. The river next to them overflowed the banks and is close to the top of the fence in their yard (halfway up their play structure).

On the plus side, the kids learned how to play Settlers of Catan today – and they’ve picked it up pretty well. And they love it.


  1. […] Driving around Cranford, the scene (depending on the street) was similar. It looked like bulk pick-up day, only everything was dirty and had been sitting in dirty water for a long period of time. On my friends’ street, which was hit particularly hard (it’s next to a river which rose 11 feet and flowed through town), neighbors sat outside on their lawn with their belongings strewn about. Like a massive garage sale. Some garage and basement items awaiting trash pick-up the tree/bush was not toilet papered – it's garbage. the water came near the top of this fence. The clothes on there are not drying out – they were washed there by the flood. They are not my friends' clothes, either. The fence to the right (missing) was washed away, along with a plastic playhouse that had been tied to it. garbage and random toys stuck to the fence another view of the missing fence. The river is just ahead, behind those trees, and has receded quite a bit. The play structure is now falling apart. The water came halfway up the structure. There is a random log under the roof. This black, heavy wooden bookcase was once standing. Then floating. This room hasn't been touched yet. The water reached the basement ceiling. Time for a new basement washer/dryer. Insurance would cover these if they weren't in the basement. Flood insurance only covers the structure, not the contents or any finishings. Damage in the basement ceiling. The basement office The basement office printer – can you find it? It's there. Garage items. The white overturned steps in the back right, led from the garage interior to the basement. The steps were found floating on the other side of the garage. The neighbor's tree fell partially across the street. Fortunately no one was there at the time. A close-up of the stuff being tossed. […]

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