Hurricane Irene: One Year Later
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Looking at the boathouse Monday at Tyler State Park you wouldn't believe that just one year prior, the same area was submerged by rushing flood water from Hurricane Irene.
In the year since the hurricane made landfall along the southeastern New Jersey coast, the park has returned to normal and much of the area damage caused by the storm has disappeared.
Not only did Irene cause flooding, but she caused trees and their limbs to snap across the area.
In the hours following the storm, downed branches and flooded roadways were a common sight. Sounds of chainsaws and emergency vehicle sirens cut through the slight breeze and overcast skies that followed Irene.
Properties along the banks of the Neshaminy Creek, including Spring Garden Mill and state-operated Tyler State Park, were impacted when the water overflowed the banks. The park and playhouse closed due to the storm and were later reopened after much hard work.
Irene also forced the Council Rock School District to delay of the start of school by one day.
Playwicki Park, which sits in both Northampton and Middletown, was heavily damaged by the storm and remained closed for months after.
The hurricane caused the playground equipment and pavilion in the 33-acre county park to be destroyed.
Using grants, crews were able to repair the Playwicki Park and reopen the park, Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department Executive Director Bill Mitchell told Patch shortly after the park reopened in spring.