Truth be told the shoreline towns, Milford, West Haven, East Haven, etc experienced the most damage with the Ocean waves crashing into homes, sea walls and destroying docks in its path.
Irene, which began forming as a tropical storm on Saturday, Aug 20, 2011. It became a Category 1 hurricane as it crossed over Puerto Rico on Aug. 21.
It intensified into a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 mph as it made landfall in he Bahamas.
After the storm hundreds of residents in the town of Orange were struggling through each day with downed trees and power lines littering their lawns and streets.
The restoration of electricity was uncertain as crews came in from several other states to help us out.
One of the most impressive things was the town’s emergency management team, putting into action for the first time their emergency response plans and strike teams that worked so well.
Members of Orange CERT stepped up and manned the shelter at High Plains where dozens upon dozens of residents came every day to take showers and/or charge their cell phones.
The town was a mess for a very long time, but everyone came together and made it bearable.
The storm dissipated on Aug. 28 and left a total of 56 fatalities in its wake.