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Elizabethtown residents deal with fallout from Tropical Storm Irene

Elizabethtown resident Tris Horton sits on the foundation of her back yard deck, which was moved by flood waters against a line of trees along the banks of the Boquet River.

Elizabethtown resident Tris Horton sits on the foundation of her back yard deck, which was moved by flood waters against a line of trees along the banks of the Boquet River. Photo by John Grybos.

— Homes along River Road were pummeled with a flash flood during Hurricane Irene's pass Sunday evening, Aug. 28.

When Kristen Hardman of The Woodruff House Bed and Breakfast escaped from the rising water, the water was up to her knees by the time she approached the road.

The rising waters looked like special effects from a bad movie, she said.

Returning Monday morning, Hardman found her double-seat Adirondack chair was moved by the water from its spot near the river, lodged in cedar trees lining the road.

Her Honda CR-V had sunk into the soil where it was parked, and its silt-covered engine didn't make a peep when she tried to start it.

Hardman retained some optimism, and said she still felt blessed. The situation could have been worse and people hurt, said Hardman.

Next door, Tris Horton's deck was torn from its place at her back door and thrown up against a line of trees facing the river in her yard. A gazebo from her backyard was nowhere to be seen Monday morning.

While she was interviewed, her 100-gallon propane was lifted by crane into a truck. It, too, was pulled from its usual place, and it leaked a small amount of propane.

When the water began to pour down Lincoln Pond Road, Horton took her cat and some litter to a parking lot on Water Street, where she was prepared to spend the night. She realized she had a friend on the street, and took her animal over there. She was greeted warmly, she said, and neighbor Bruce Pushee sought shelter there as well.

Pushee and his wife run the Old Mill Bed & Breakfast, which sits in a bend of the Boquette River. The solarium where they serve breakfast was filled with water.

The furniture in the room was picked up by the water and pushed toward the west side of the room, piling up and knocking tall, glass windows from their frames. The screens along the outside of the room were plastered with silt and grass reaching higher than Pushee's knees when he displayed the damage.

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