We had several trees fall, including these Locusts
Some trees were snapped in half
The apple orchard received the most wind damage. Entire trees uprooted. Other
trees were split in threes. So sad
The little creek in the barnyard became a lake
This is just behind the barn
The middle Locust tree lining our road will have to be removed.
Look how much the wind knocked it over
These were all the pictures I managed to capture. The last one was the next morning, after the storm had passed, just before my camera died. We had some water damage in the house (the basement was flooded pretty bad) and my garden is all but kaput. I'm sure many of your will roll your eyes at that garden comment, but it is our food for the year. Tomatoes have burst and are rotting on the vine. Same goes for the pumpkins, squash and melons. Too much moisture. Our little town was evacuated due to flooding. Those that live in town are continuously reminded to boil their water. With not having water ourselves, Dave thought it would be best if I took the kids to my parents' house. What usually is a two hour drive took 10 hours instead. All roads leading out of town were closed, except for one back road. Edie, Eric and I came back yesterday to see all the damage first-hand. But again, we are lucky. Our house still stands. Most of our possessions are intact. Our family is safe. While we can afford to supplement our garden with items purchased at the market, many people cannot. Many people in my community have lost everything, including their homes, farms, livestock, family, and way of life. I just heard about a farmer who had to bury several cows and lost 80% of her corn crop. She's not sure if she can survive the winter as a farmer. Wet hay is combusting in barns, causing fires and further damage. Here are a few pictures of the damages from around the region:
From the Times Union
After the water receded, from the Times Union
Middleburgh, NY - A neighboring town (from the Times Union)
From the Times Union
Many thanks to all the crews, first responders and National Guard personnel that have been working tirelessly to bring our community back to life. I plan on helping some local farms this Labor Day weekend with clean-up efforts. If you can, please help my little rural community, who so desperately needs it. These aren't cities with large coffers of emergency funds. These are small farming towns that work day-in, day-out to provide your family with the food you consume every day. Please think of them.
Ways you can help:
Help hard-hit Schoharie County farms by donating to the Schoharie County Community Action Program.
Labor for your neighbor!
Buy a book for a child who lost theirs
Purchase a window sign from your local Price Chopper
Donate $10 to the Salvation Army to help in recovery effort by text STORM to 80888
Buy local! (Shop at Farmers Markets or encourage your local grocer to stock shelves with local items and produce)
Contribute to the Regional Farm and Food Project
Thank you for any small way you can help, friends! Sending all the best your way, and keeping my fingers crossed you never get hit by disaster.