Tropical Storm Irene: How to Help or Get Help

Flooding of the Westfield River caused a portion of Cummington Road to collapse in West Chesterfield, MA. This is just one example of the widespread road damage in the region caused by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday, August 28th, 2011. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Megan McDonough of Colrain, MA writes:

Hi all –

It seems hard to believe that it was nearly two weeks ago that Tropical Storm Irene blew up the east coast.  Some people went out the next day and said “what was all the fuss about?” and others said, “Will my life ever be the same? I’ve never seen the water so high …”

Some families have lost everything.  Houses washed down creeks that became roaring rivers.  Homes flooded and damaged with mud.  Farmers with crops lost.  Towns with endless roads to repair.

I know it seems strange each day I’ve driven to work this week – slowing down to avoid the places in the road that have collapsed into the river, watching the national guard humvee’s gather at the town hall, wondering if the road will be closed because of repair construction, thankful that the power’s back on and the well pump working – but then getting into town and everything is completely normal.  As those of us continue with our lives un-interrupted, let’s not forget to help our neighbors struggling to recover.

Please spread the word.



  1. October 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Please pass the word about the Free Healing Clniic for anyone negatively impacted by the hurricane, in any way. Healers of various modalities will be offering their services on several Sundays and Tuesdays throughout October and November, and possibly into December adn the new year. Clinic is at Hart Yoga Studio in Shelburne Falls (just above the Salmon Falls Artisan’s Showroom). If you need a little TLC , or know someone who does, please visit
    First clinic is Sunday October 16th from 2 to 5 pm

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