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Flooding in Orange County NY from Hurricane Irene September 2011

Real Estate Agent with SHAHAR Management

Hurricane Irene has come and gone but she is still wreaking havoc.  Several days ago we were in danger of having to leave our home for the first time in 16 years because of flooding.  Just about every road around my house was closed because of rising waters and then I found out the water was starting to pour over the bridge at the end of my street.   At the other end of the street to the left the road was closed and to the right a little ways down it was closed as well.  For the first time I felt a real fear of staying in my home.  I knew though should it become truly a danger the firemen would come knocking and would let us know it was time to go. 

Luckily by morning we had not had that knock (even though I did not sleep all night) and the sun looked like it was going to come out for the first time in 3 days.  The water had receded slightly but not enough to open any of the roads.  My heart goes out to all of the people whose homes are still completely underwater like those in New Jersey.   We are not in a flood zone and have never had a water issue in all these years.  It is scary to know that if you do have a flood issue that you have no insurance to help you get back on your feet.  Notice in the pictures that the bulk of what you are seeing are people's yards, agricultural fields and even a golfing range. Some places that have never even seen water.

Several of the roads opened on Saturday that had been closed for several days but there are some that still remain closed since Hurricane Irene.  A storm not soon forgotten.

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Debra, the Northern NJ and Southern Tier of NY really got hammered as that front just sat there and dropped water. Fortunately, it stopped soon enough so you could make your pilgrimage to Dagny's

Sep 12, 2011 01:01 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh, I know, it's been a flood fest here the last 2-3 weeks.  We've had lots of highways closed and there are many having issues w/ basements here. Glad your place/street is okay now.  Let's pray for sunshine until all this stuff drains.

Sep 12, 2011 01:02 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Ken-Thank you!!

Ed-This was the day after I got back from Dagny's.  Caused by all the rain that day!!

Deb-It is still flooded but no more rapids thank goodness and it is receding some what.

Sep 12, 2011 01:29 AM
Jamie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Those pictures are incredible.  So happy that you're safe.  You live in such a beautiful area...it's so sad to see the havoc that the flooding caused to it.

Sep 12, 2011 02:25 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Frightening, indeed--that water was raging! I can't imagine what it's like to try to clean up after a flood and regain one's home. Glad your waters receded in time.

Sep 12, 2011 03:32 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

It's incredible what's happening there Debra. All my life I lived in NY and I've never seen flooding like this.

Sep 12, 2011 04:07 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Debbie, incredible photos.  Glad you're home is safe, but now that if you ever had to evacuate, you've got room at my house.

Sep 12, 2011 05:04 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Deb -- I am still so surprised by all the flooding in your area.  I just did not know you had all that water around you until you explained it to me last week. I am happy you did not have to evacuate.  Just the thought must have been scary.  Hopefully, things are receding now and you will be back to normal soon. I don't think there are any downpours in the forecast this week so it should give you time to rebound.

Sep 12, 2011 06:10 AM
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Debbie - I've heard and read alot about how badly your area got hit by this storm.  I'm so happy that you didn't have to leave your home....that would be scary! 

I'm used to the Hurricane's affecting our area, but it never makes the damage any easier to handle...no matter how long you've lived here.

Sep 12, 2011 08:45 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Unbelieveable photos Debra, I'm hoping things return to normal soon.  I had no idea Irene hit you.

Sep 12, 2011 10:56 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Debbie, that really is amazing.  I went through a 100 year flood in a suburb of Chicago and had 2-3 feet of water in the basement...not something I want to go through again.

Sep 12, 2011 10:59 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Debra, it's really terrible how that storm has affected you there. The power of water is incredible.  Here is Florida, we expect to be hit by hurricanes but this one had other plans.  Let's hope things will dry out soon.

Sep 12, 2011 01:46 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I had no idea you were so close to having to evacuate.  How frightening!  Glad to hear you didn't have to leave your home.  I can't imagine what those people are going through.

Sep 12, 2011 01:55 PM
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Deborah, thanks for sharing your pictures. I can see you hit hard as well. I can understand why you could not sleep all night. That would have been harrowing.


Sep 12, 2011 02:04 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie that had to be scary.  I have never been in that position and hope I never am.

Sep 12, 2011 02:26 PM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Debra, sorry to know that your neighborhood was affected by the flood. I am glad that you and your family are safe. I like your slide show.

Sep 12, 2011 04:23 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Debra, Devasting flooding in your area, I have watched from down here, keeping an eye out for the areas of NJ that I am familiar with, the water simply had no place to go.  Hope all drys out soon!

Sep 13, 2011 10:14 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Donna-Thanks Donna!

Lottie-Definitely scary!

Craig-Me either-I hope never again!

Leah-Thank you!  mmmuuuwwaaahh!

Barbara-Yes it is getting better however they are saying rain tomorrow but hopefully it will be minimal.

Denise-So true.

Mary-First time for something like this.

Nick-Wow that is terrible.  I hope we never see it like this either again.

Silvia-Thanks-stay safe down there!

Sharon-I can't either-I feel so bad for everyone.

Cal-I feel so bad for the people in PA, Vermont and NJ. I just can't imagine how they will recover.

George-First time I have ever been frightened of water like that.

Kwee-Thank you so much!

Christine-Thank you!

Sep 13, 2011 10:58 AM
Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC

Hi Deb,

Hard to believe!  Some of my family north of you, had flooding as well.  Hope all is well now.

Dick Beals



Sep 13, 2011 08:32 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Dick-Thank you!

Sep 13, 2011 11:54 PM