Monday, August 29, 2011

Post Hurricane Irene

The advance preparation notices for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, for New Yorkers, were thorough and numerous. Television stations responded with their usual vigor bumping off regular programming to run continuous storm tracking updates. Although I found it exhausting, but I'm sure others enjoyed it for the event that it was.

I tracked all communication about Hurricane Irene through Twitter, and I found updates and links were superlative. I truly hope once the review of the event happens, that no one finds fault in how the Office of Emergency Management - OEM (@NotifyNYC) - and the NYC Mayors office (@NYCMayorsOffice) handled communications and preparation management. I think they did a great job.

Certainly the island of Manhattan experiences events much differently than the rest of New York, but even on this small island, regions of the city felt varying degrees of Irene's effect.

Lower Manhattan - which sits on reclaimed land - had flooding up to 2 feet. This pic is from the Chinatown area in lower Manhattan.

Contrarily, the Upper West Side experienced a heavy rain shower with only nominal flooding in very low lying areas in Riverside Park.

Today on the UWS it was business as usual. The only evidence of the storm were a few fallen branches and the NY Parks department was already busy turning them into wood chips. 

It was an exciting 48 hours that leaves me with the question...'now what?'

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