Tropical Storm Irene, Before & After

Aftermath of flash flood along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
Tropical Storm Irene Damage – East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, Lincoln
 

Tropical Storm Irene, White Mountains – From 6PM Saturday, August 27, 2011 through midnight Monday, August 29, 2011 the White Mountain National Forest was closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. This tropical storm caused massive damage along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. The above photo of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, near the Lincoln Woods Trail, shows how the river looked just days after the storm.

With the large amount of damage Tropical Storm Irene has caused throughout the state of New Hampshire, I thought it would be interesting to show some before and after scenes of a few locations in the White Mountains that have been impacted. Many of the brooks and rivers have been drastically altered.

Cedar Brook, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Morning fog along Cedar Brook during the summer months in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This area was part of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, which was a logging railroad in operation from 1893-1948.
Cedar Brook – Looking Upstream From Pemi East Side Trail Before The Storm
 

Cedar Brook (above) in the Pemigewasset Wilderness suffered massive erosion damage, which is visible right where the Pemi East Side Trail crosses Cedar Brook. The below photo shows the same location after Tropical Storm Irene. It is hard to believe that the above and below photos are of the same location.

Cedar Brook crossing along the Pemi East Side Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire USA after flash floods from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 cause massive erosion along the brook. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
Cedar Brook – Looking Upstream From Pemi East Side Trail After The Storm
 

Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Footbridge, which crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River along the Thoreau Falls Trail at North Fork Junction in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This bridge is supported by two large white pines.
Underside of Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge – Before The Storm
 

The footbridge (above) that crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River along the Thoreau Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness suffered damage but is still standing. The bottom of the two giant logs supporting the bridge has some peeling (below).

Pemigewasset Wilderness - High waters from flash floods from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 cause peeling to the bottom of a  footbridge, which crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River along the Thoreau Falls Trail at North Fork Junction in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. The bridge is supported by two large white pines and looks to have received some damage. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
Underside of Thoreau Falls Trail Bridge – Days After The Storm
 

Trestle 16, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Trestle 16 (Black Brook Trestle) along the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA near the old Camp 16 location. This was a logging railroad which operated from 1893-1948. This is how the trestle looked in 2010.
Trestle 16, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – In 2010, Before The Storm
 

The historic Trestle No. 16 (above) along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in the Pemigewasset Wilderness was damaged. The stone footing on the right side in the above photo was washed away during the storm causing this section of the trestle to drop about two feet. The below image shows how the trestle looked days after Tropical Storm Irene. The pile of rocks in the foreground is from the footing that washed away.

The historic timber trestle 16, which crosses Black Brook, along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire.  During Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 one of the stone supports was washed away causing this section of the trestle to drop about two feet. This image shows how the trestle looked days after Tropical Irene.
Trestle 16, East Branch & Lincoln Railroad – Days After The Storm
 

East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, Lincoln Village

On August 27, 2011, the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed at 6:00PM because of Tropical Storm Irene. This image shows how the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire looked on August 28, 2011. This tropical storm caused destruction along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – August 28, 2011 During The Storm
 

On August 28, 2011, during the storm (above), the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, at the levee, was an unbelievable site. Trees were being dragged down the river! Never have I seen the East Branch of the Pemi so high, and it was an amazing site to see. The below photo shows the above location the day after the storm.

Day after a flash flood of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – August 29, 2011 Day After The Storm
 

Tropical Storm Irene is a storm I will never forget, and after seeing the destruction that has been left behind, I hope we never get another storm like it. It is going to take years for the White Mountain National Forest to recover.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more images of storm damage here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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3 Responses to “Tropical Storm Irene, Before & After”

  1. Matt

    These are great images, Erin – I wish I’d had more time to get out and document myself!

    Well done!!!

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