While Irene produced some significant wind damage as it made its way up the East Coast, the storm will most likely be remembered for the amount of flooding it caused. NOAA estimates rainfall amounts over six inches in a huge swath from North Carolina to Vermont with some locations picking up over a foot. This rain fell on many areas already saturated from a soggy year. The result: Record flooding.
The Mohawk River at Schenectady, NY is just one of several rivers expected to crest at all-time record levels. The river jumped nearly 12 feet in the 12 hours up to 1pm on Monday after Irene’s heavy rains. Similar rises were observed at Otter Creek in Vermont where the creek topped out almost 4 feet above any level on record.