Photos & Video of Tropical Storm Irene in Milford, Connecticut

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Here's some more photos of Tropical Storm Irene's impacts on the shore of Milford, CT! All the pictures have to do with the storm surge, especially some of the debris that has been pushed ashore by the high water. Take a look at the other photos as well! Tropical Storm Irene Slams the Connecticut Coast! Photos! and Tropical Storm Irene slams Connecticut more photos! The waves and surge are the largest i've seen in my 24 years of life and was awesome to see but also difficult to watch as each new wave brought more damage to people's properties. Irene is just the latest in a series of crazy weather events in 2011. From 3 feet of snow to hurricanes and record heat!

Above is a very short video I took of the waves crashing along Beach Ave in Milford, CT during Tropical Storm Irene. It's a short video because my camera ran out of space but you can see the large rolling waves crash up to the road. Normally the beach is at least 75 feet wide and the water calm as a lake. Here, there is no beach and the water levels are close to 10 feet above average! Although I wasn't measuring the wind at the spot, gusts off the water were definitely tropical storm force!

Do not enter traffic sign surround by storm surge, sign means so much more today! in milford, ct
Do not enter traffic sign surround by storm surge, sign means so much more today! in milford, ct | Source

The above photograph was taken at the corner of Odell Ave and Bayshore Drive in Milford, CT. The photographic is looking towards a low strip of land that separates Long Island Sound from a tidal marsh. This area floods on a regular basis and 90% of the buildings have now been raised up on stilts to prevent future flooding. Personally, I feel this low elevation area should not be occupied by homes but allowed to be a coastal ecosystem of marshes, which would prevent storm surge from moving inland, while also helping to filter storm run off water before reaching the sound.

debris floating on to gulf street in Milford, Ct
debris floating on to gulf street in Milford, Ct | Source

Storm surge isn't just about the water levels and the waves. Storm surge is also full of debris! As the storm surge approaches the coast, the water inundates the coastline and picks up anything that is loose or falls apart. This results in large branches, driftwood and even property to float around. The force of the waves can cause these objects to create even more damage to the coastline.

The above photograph was taken on Gulf Street in Milford, CT. Notice the natural debris (seaweed, reeds) and the human made debris (wood planks) washing up onto the roadway!

Entrance to Bayview beach in Milford, Ct.  This is a wide beach and the water still made it all the way to the street!
Entrance to Bayview beach in Milford, Ct. This is a wide beach and the water still made it all the way to the street! | Source

If the beach is completely submerged, does that mean the Bayview Beach Rules don't apply? Notice the beach rules sign, mostly submerged beneath the storm surge!

Storm surge debris in Milford, CT from hurricane Irene
Storm surge debris in Milford, CT from hurricane Irene | Source

Check out this storm surge debris in a more residential neighborhood. It looks like timbers from someone's deck or retaining wall have been dislodged and washed up the street! This debris and sand, also clearly marks how high the storm surge rose at it's peak.

stop sign and bike by a flooded melba street in Milford, Ct along Long Island Sound. Storm surge from Hurricane Irene
stop sign and bike by a flooded melba street in Milford, Ct along Long Island Sound. Storm surge from Hurricane Irene | Source

All these photos were taken during the storm but from a safe position. I made sure to be away from any power lines, I NEVER stepped into the water and I always stayed away from any trees in case of falling branches. Ironically, a few of my photographs from that day included stop signs surrounded by feet of water. I thought this was an appropriate juxtaposition, giving the safety message "turn around, don't drown" a good visual. NEVER drive through water without knowing the depth!

These are just a couple of the photographs I took the day Tropical Storm Irene hit, please check out the other photos too! Also, if you need further explanation of what exactly storm surge is, check it out here!

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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Thanks! Great shots.


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Ralph Deeds!


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SummerSurf 5 years ago

Wow...yous are having it bad! It's crazy lately the things that have been happening. Winters are so much colder and now hurricanes and earthquakes are happening in places that haven't seen them in years.


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Yeah Summersurf this year has been wild, back in january we had 4 feet of snow on the ground from storm after storm, which hadn't happen in 100 years, record heat in july, record rains a few weeks ago and now a top 3 record storm surge (at least from what i heard)! Last spring semester i missed the first day of one of my classes for an ice storm, now i miss my first class for the fall semester tomorrow for hurricane related damage!


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Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Wow you guys got hit pretty hard too! I wasn't sure how bad it would be as it went north. I am in NJ and it wasn't as bad as I expected but there was a lot of flooding and trees down. Glad you are ok!


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BWD316 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

the winds weren't as bad but the storm surge it pretty hard and there were a lot of power outages, a record in fact, but for some lucky reason my house didn't lose power! but many others just a few streets over might not have power for a week. its been a crazy week


Mike Brenner 5 years ago

Thanks for the shots of Bay View Beach and Melba St. I lived on Melba St. during Hurricane Donna in '60. I miss the Sound and the occasional excitement generated by a good storm...


Jean 16 months ago

Great article. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a “2010 CT CCCEN”, I found a blank fillable form here:http://pdf.ac/2vQEl0. I also saw some decent tutorials on how to fill it out.

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