The destruction was unlike anything seen in decades.
Homes washed away into the Long Island Sound; floodwaters ruined others. Trees crashed onto homes, into streets and on top of electric lines.
The power outage numbers were historic — hundreds of thousands of residents were left in the dark and, even a week later, some still are.
Indeed, no community in Connecticut was exempt from Hurricane Irene’s wrath when she hit the state Aug. 28 with tropical-force winds, several inches of rain and a powerful storm surge.
A week later, many communities are still sorting through debris, salvaging personal belongings and beginning the process of rebuilding their lives.
In this special edition of The Town Around Us, we look back at how Irene affected some towns in South Central Connecticut.
EAST HAVEN – More than two-dozen homes along the beach were destroyed or severely damaged. One resident shares his story on video. Another, a professional photographer, went out and captured the damage through his lens. Photos of the storm damage reveal the extent of the storm’s impact in town.
BRANFORD – The surge’s power was something to behold. It took out roads and flooded homes. Streets were littered in debris. Damage was not limited to the coast, though; every part of town was impacted.
MILFORD – Houses along the beach took a beating on Sunday. Huge waves pounded and crashed. A storm surge swept a few away and left streets covered in debris. From Fort Trumbull to Laurel Beach, Milford felt Irene’s impact.
STRATFORD – Neighborhoods along the coast, like Lordship, were among the hardest hit. Seawalls were washed away; homes were ruined.
CHESHIRE – A tree crashed through the roof of one home. Another, on Wood Pond Road, was uprooted entirely.