Irene plodded through the Nyack-Piermont region Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing torrents of rain, dangerous gusts of wind and a surfeit of lowland flooding.
All through the night, authorities responded to calls of flooded basements, power outages, downed trees, sewage overflow and, early Saturday in Spring Valley, .
Here's a roundup of all things Irene—the before, during and after. Feel free to join the reporting effort and add your photos and/or stories.
- Authorities in the Nyack-Piermont region during last week; road closures are anticipated, rescue vehicles are readied, water pumps are dug out and sandbags are filled.
- New York State on Thursday afternoon.
- Rockland County at 6 p.m. on Friday
- The Village of Nyack to move their cars to higher ground on Friday.
- Shopper for supplies; "Parts of Target at the Palisades Mall looked like the setting for a zombie movie," wrote Patch reporter Adam Littman.
- The MTA at noon on Saturday.
- for residents who lose power, are chased out by water or are unable to care for themselves.
- On Saturday night, in portions of West Nyack.
During—residents hunker down, authorities get to work
- Irene morning as a weak Category One Hurricane.
- Nyack declares a state of emergency at 6 a.m., shutting off downtown to non-emergency traffic. Click to see a video of the storm at its height.
- West Nyackers in the Klein Avenue neighborhood are forced out of their homes; flood waters cause severe property damage.
- Patch , allowing residents from around Rockland to talk and share their experiences. Readers traded photos, tips and let folks know who has extra sub-pumps.
- Rockland officials to stay off streets and remain in their homes, call 911 only in the event of an emergency and not unnecessarily bog down cell phone networks.
- About 30 residents–some with pets—. Places like Nyack High School and Tappan Zee High School set up cots for people in need.
- in Rockland, along with Westchester and Putnam
After—pumps, closures and blocked roads
- Click to see a video of Irene's immediate aftermath; Route 59 by the Palisades Center saw feet of water and was closed to traffic, with at least one car likely totaled. Nyack's downtown was littered with debris, a sailboat nearly ran aground by the Clermont Condominiums and southern Piermont saw Sparkill Creek spill over its boundaries and invade homes, roads and parks.
- Clarkstown ., allowing non-emergency vehicles to hit the roads. By 3 p.m. Sunday, there were a handful of cars out and about, but traffic remained minimal.
- Route 9W between Nyack and Piermont had a smattering of twigs, leaves and puddles, but remained passable.
- , with New City being hit hardest by the outages. (7,500 customers were in the dark.)
- Local businesses opened their doors shortly after noon, catering to the residents who walked outside to survey the damage. Community Market in Piermont was bustling with activity.