Although Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm prior to slamming into the east coast, she inflicted massive amounts of property damage.
Here in Waterville Valley I haven’t heard of any damage to homes, condominiums or businesses, but roads and bridges took a big hit.
Yesterday I posted a post-storm update from Waterville Valley’s town manager, Mark Decoteau. Today, Gov. John Lynch and New Hampshire transportation officials will be touring Waterville Valley and Lincoln and assessing road damage.
Route 49, the state road that connects Waterville Valley to Campton, Thornton and the interstate highway, was ravaged by the Mad River. A huge portion of road was washed away east of the Goose Hollow bridge, forcing closure of the road from Goose Hollow to Six-Mile Bridge. You can still reach Waterville Valley by detouring up Burbank Hill Road and turning right onto Upper Mad River Road (a partially dirt road) and following it back to Rt. 49 at Six Mile Bridge.
Waterville Valley Resort is accessible and open for residents, property owners, guests and vacationers!
Check out some photos on my Flikr account. Here are links to some moving (literally!) video of the Mad River during the storm. http://bit.ly/qgLbkF http://youtu.be/xDXnmFjWt3M http://youtu.be/qmVnlm9GbQo