The Destructive Power Of Water

Hurricane Irene flooded or damaged hundreds of roads and scores of bridges as the storm cut a treacherous swath across 11 states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast during the weekend of Aug. 27-28. Buildings were washed away, and many homes were flooded.

  • In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, water from the Housatonic River rushes through the Stevenson Dam in Monroe, Conn., on Monday. The rain dumped by the storm pushed three rivers in Connecticut to moderate flood stage, and some are expected to reach their highest level today.
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    In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, water from the Housatonic River rushes through the Stevenson Dam in Monroe, Conn., on Monday. The rain dumped by the storm pushed three rivers in Connecticut to moderate flood stage, and some are expected to reach their highest level today.
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  • Rains and the cresting of nearby waters caused flooding in front of Hi-Tech Auto in Wayne, N.J., on Monday. Rivers in northern New Jersey continue to rise, forcing evacuations along low-lying areas.
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    Rains and the cresting of nearby waters caused flooding in front of Hi-Tech Auto in Wayne, N.J., on Monday. Rivers in northern New Jersey continue to rise, forcing evacuations along low-lying areas.
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  • Beachfront homes destroyed by the storm are seen in East Haven, Conn., on Monday.
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    Beachfront homes destroyed by the storm are seen in East Haven, Conn., on Monday.
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  • Locals survey the damage caused by the storm on Route 73 in St. Huberts, N.Y., on Monday.
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    Locals survey the damage caused by the storm on Route 73 in St. Huberts, N.Y., on Monday.
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  • Nina Brennan (right) and Phyllis Berry clean mud away from the front of the Proud Flower store in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Waterbury, Vt.
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    Nina Brennan (right) and Phyllis Berry clean mud away from the front of the Proud Flower store in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Waterbury, Vt.
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  • Children stand on the far side of a flooded portion of Route 5, which is closed to traffic, in Northhampton, Mass., on Monday.
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    Children stand on the far side of a flooded portion of Route 5, which is closed to traffic, in Northhampton, Mass., on Monday.
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  • Betty Walsh crosses a flooded street in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday.
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    Betty Walsh crosses a flooded street in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday.
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  • A road is flooded in Hatteras Island, N.C., on Sunday after Hurricane Irene swept through the area, cutting the roadway in five locations.
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    A road is flooded in Hatteras Island, N.C., on Sunday after Hurricane Irene swept through the area, cutting the roadway in five locations.
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  • Downtown New Brunswick, N.J., was flooded by the Raritan River on Sunday.
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    Downtown New Brunswick, N.J., was flooded by the Raritan River on Sunday.
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  • A man walks on top of a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday.
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    A man walks on top of a wall next to a flooded highway in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday.
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