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One Year After Irene, What Have You Learned, What Do You Remember?

Storm toppled trees, ripped apart beaches and left people without power for days.

It's been one year since Hurricane Irene made landfall on Long Island, uprooting trees, toppling power lines, flooding low-lying areas, eroding beaches and leaving locals without power for days.

Since then, the for its handling of the storm damage, specifically the time it took to restore power. LIPA has said it spent $176 million on Irene response.

At the same time, many areas once loaded with trees stand cleared today.

Drill down to the personal level and the effects of the storm become much more varied, from how people coped with not having power at home and how businesses struggled with lost revenue to the tales of property locals lost or saw damage from the high winds.

Take a moment and share those stories with us. What do you remember most about Irene, and what have you learned since? Are you ready for another hurricane?

John Gruber August 29, 2012 at 02:36 PM
half a million people down in NO have no power and here we are complaining about a storm over a year ago. that is pretty funny. and kind of sad...
K. August 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Remeber that when the Apocolypse hits, that generator sound becomes a Zombie Dinnerbell!
littleShamrock August 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I work from home but bought a generator for my husband as a gift 5 years earlier along with the outlet materials, and who gets to use it more?? Me. I only ran it an hour or two a day with the boss (who is me as well) knowing what was going on ... All we have to do is look out the window, right? Well, "thems" the breaks. Luckily we didn't have it too bad, but we have to move on. I think the NEWS and the "so called" weatherpersons just like to build stuff up more then it is for us in the North, but I have to say we didn't have it that bad ... 5 days no power? It could have been worse.
pbug56 August 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
We bought a generator on the way home from dropping our child at college; we'd run it an hour or so every few hours during the day, not at all between midnight and 7AM, enough to save medicines and food, for the most part, and run a computer and keep the cell phones charged. We used the cell phones to get internet service. We learned how inept LIPAsuction is. Our local outage took 5 days - and all that was actually wrong was a blown fuse that it took a visiting lineman 30 minutes to fix once LIPA finally decided we could have power again. BTW, the next house over had power the whole time. Also, we learned that LIPA saves a bit of money by its cutbacks in tree and power line clearing; doing a better job would have resulted in far fewer outages. We also learned that LIPA's network is a century out of date; they don't know what is down where, and they have little ability to reroute around damaged components.
Justin Time August 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
See, pays to be handy around the house..lesson learned?


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