As one of my friends put it, "The river has gone mad!"
Thankfully, the Snow Goose experienced NO damage. Seriously! We didn't even have a TWIG that need picked up afterward. It's like we were in a bubble with devastation on all sides. Roads washed out, mountain mudslides, huge trees blown down, homes and businesses flooded....
When you're in the middle of a storm, you really have no idea what's happening outside your home. You do what you have to do, but the whole time, you're wondering how your friends up the road are faring.
We had guests from Singapore and NYC as well as other guests on the way. As conditions worsened, the Keene Valley Fire Department phoned to tell us to keep everyone IN the inn. At one point, all roads were closed around us! Our guests who were enroute ended up spending the night at one of our "sister" inns in Elizabethtown! (Thank you Ron and Gail!)
It is impossible to describe the sound and power of the river. It ROARED ... churning and frothing with huge chunks of debris and whole trees flying by as if shot from a cannon.
Wayne ventured out to check on our elderly neighbor who lives next to Deer Brook. This is what the bridge looked like!
Meanwhile back at the ranch ....
Folks were getting hungry! Since no one was allowed to leave, the Snow Goose had to open a restaurant for the evening. Thankfully, our kitchen was fairly well stocked and the power stayed on so we could cook!!Our Irene Dinner Party - Shepherd's Pie, Cucumber Salad and Peach Blueberry Crisp. We had so much fun and the guests bonded in a way that only happens when you're stuck together for hours! By the end of their stays, they were exchanging emails and taking group photos to remember their adventure.
The next morning, we awoke to a changed world. After serving breakfast, we headed out to see what had happened to our town.
One of the hardest hit areas was the Valley Hardware (KV's version of a Super WalMart!). To understand what this store means to the valley you need only to look at the photo. Dozens of townfolk worked throughout the day dragging out and cleaning merchandise and shoveling inches of mud from the floors.
Other shops and homes were flooded as well. Our hearts felt heavy as we drove through town and made our way to the neighboring town of Keene.
The Keene fire department lost half of their building to the savage flood. Meanwhile, the brave men and women from both Keene and Keene Valley's fire departments worked feverishly to rescue people trapped in flooded homes ... some from their rooftops!
The State Highway Patrol are everywhere and not too happy about me taking photos, so i kept my distance! After our photo tour, we wanted to find a way to help our friends and neighbors. My first thought was, "These people are not stopping to take time to eat!" So we worked with the community church to provide some food.
On the menu for our second Irene Dinner Party was Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs and Spaghetti along with some donated pies, bread, bean salad and watermelon. The girls were a big help both in the kitchen and walking through town inviting people who were working in their yards and homes.
Some of the people who came to dinner. Unfortunately my camera battery died at this point, but we continued to serve at the church until about 7:30 pm and then took the rest of the food down to the hardware store where people were still working. All in all about 60 people ate!