As nearly the entire eastern seaboard attempts to recover and regroup from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, flooding has deeply impacted thousands upon thousands of lives and businesses.
According to the Garden State's Governor Chris Christie, "Hurricane Irene was a catastrophe of enormous severity and magnitude. Torrential rains have caused significant flooding in areas across the state, impacting residences, major and local roads, and necessitating highway closures and a suspension of rail services."
With the number of rivers overflowing, and water levels still rising, the impacts are far from over, even as the hurricane has completely disappeared from the map. Unbelievably, dramatic images of flooding in New Jersey alone, in northern cities such as Denville, Paterson, and Pompton Lakes, are available on YouTube. They appear to be staged, as if on a movie set at Universal Studios, but the images are incredibly real.
Businesses and residents are displaced, the cost of which is tremendous and tragic, a reminder of how fragile life truly is, six years after Hurricane Katrina caused major destruction along Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.