One year later, remembering Tropical Storm Irene in Morristown

These trucks, parked in a Center Street parking lot near the Bethel A.M.E. Church, were overwhelmed by Tropical Storm Irene and the Whippany River. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
These trucks, parked in a Center Street parking lot near the Bethel A.M.E. Church, were overwhelmed by Tropical Storm Irene and the Whippany River in 2011. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, is a date most people around Greater Morristown would rather forget. In the wee hours Tropical Storm Irene had pulverized trees and power lines, flooded the Bethel A.M.E. Church and much of the Second Ward, and swamped a power substation on Ridgedale Avenue, which would leave many residents in the dark for days.

These trucks, parked in a Center Street parking lot near the Bethel A.M.E. Church, were overwhelmed by Tropical Storm Irene and the Whippany River. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
These trucks, parked in a Center Street parking lot near the Bethel A.M.E. Church, were overwhelmed last August by Tropical Storm Irene and the Whippany River. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Last year’s Fourth Annual MorristownGreen.com Film Festival and the inaugural Gran Fondo NJ cycling event both were blown clear into September.

On the bright side, new monitoring procedures were established along the Whippany River to prevent debris clogs from flooding the power station. Jersey Central Power & Light has been trimming trees and pruning vegetation along nearly 4,000 miles of electrical lines.

And the community rallied to help Bethel A.M.E. get back on its feet.  On Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, one year after Irene submerged Center Street,  the church will celebrate a happy occasion–officially renaming the street for 19th-century civil rights pioneer Bishop Willis Nazery.

Here are some sights and sounds from the storm. Let’s hope Isaac does not bring us a sequel over the Labor Day Weekend.

MORE ABOUT TROPICAL STORM IRENE

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Irene aftermath at Bethel A.M.E. Church. Please click icon below for captions.

 

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