VIDEO: Irene's Storm Surge Hath Fury

Indian Neck takes a beating and so does this reporter's camera.

It was probably pretty stupid to be out in the during tropical storm Irene but it's my job to document! I can tell you that I survived but my camera did not do so well.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, I woke up from a morning nap (you can only imagine what my night was like if I was napping at 9 a.m.) to find water rushing down Crouch Road from Long Island Sound in the section of town.

I jumped in my brand new rain boots (purchased at the evening before) and prepared to brave the storm. What I did not know was that the current was fierce and my mid-calf red rain boots would become useless in a matter of moments.

Sailing down my road were wood beams, I imagine they were parts of docks or garden edging swept away with the rising tide. A propane tank, a lawn chair and a recycling bin also sailed past me. Neighbors who never had boats before, now had them porch-side and one home was treated to a dock, we believe may have come from Pine Orchard. Refusing to release itself from a utility pole was a chained New Haven Register newspaper box, which danced and bobbed in the crashing waves.

When I arrived at the beach, the bravest of my neighbors beside me, I witnessed the waves splash as high as the power lines. At high tide, around 11 a.m., the surge was so strong that it was lifting the roadway and the New Jersey barriers from their rooted places.

Mother nature was fierce and powerful. Save for the two young men who had no respect for her and insisted on dancing along the shoreline, we all watched in awe at what an act of God or nature can do.

Bill Keane August 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Great work Nicole! You may want to keep this posted, as a lot of folks are still without power, and won't see it. Amazing documentation of what happened.
Jackie Oppel August 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM
who does your proofreading - indian neck takes a "beaten"??? don't you mean beating??
Jenn August 31, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Thank you for posting Nicole! Today is my first day seeing pictures and videos.
Nicole Ball August 31, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for the correction Jackie and your understanding in these difficult times.
Nicole Ball August 31, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I hope that everyone is doing good and dealing with the inconvenience of having no power. For those of you that have power, great! I, like most of you, have limited access so I will do my best to get information to you as quickly as I can. I also have been displaced do to flooding so my situation has become quite difficult. I appreciate everyone's patience and understanding. I also hope to continue to provide the best and most up-to-date information I can to you all, given the circumstances. Thanks again! Be safe! ~nicole
Linda Cork August 31, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Yikes. If those power lines had come down while you all were in the water it would not have been a good thing.
Nicole Ball August 31, 2011 at 04:07 PM
I know VERY dumb. Do not try this at home...!
Deborah Gorton August 31, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Great coverage of the storm.... very brave...
Jorge diaz August 31, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Arbie September 01, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Wayne....give it up! I guess the storm was his fault too?
Wayne Cooke September 01, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Always willing to engage, RB....But that can wait for another day.
SolarPete September 03, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Wayne buy a generator then next time u lose power u can feel good that u can still be drinking ice water while ur buddy Unk is sweating without
SolarPete September 03, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Hey wayne u didn't go see your buddy Unk in short beach this morning great photo ops should have brought your music and sign


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