At the right of the photo is the dam that forms Paper Goods Pond. In the 31years we've lived here, we've never seen this small river look like this. Irene dumped about 7 inches of rain on our town, swelling Paper Goods and turning this normally placid stream into a treacherous torrent. That old brick mill building is usually a good distance away from the water.
John & I seem to have lucked out: we still have power & nothing big down in the neighborhood. Half our town is out, though, including all of the central commercial area.