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Share Your Thoughts: Irene, One Year Later

Tropical Storm Irene closed roads, wiped out power and delayed school in Tolland one year ago.

This time last summer, Tolland residents were enjoying the last few days of vacation and gearing up for the first day of school when Tropical Storm Irene swept through town.

The storm knocked out power in , brought down enough wires and  and delayed the .

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There was certainly a lot of frustration over a lack of line crews to restore power, among many inconveniences. But the town also pulled together, as residents volunteered their time at the EOC to help out where they could.

Tolland Patch will continue to cover Irene's anniversary on Tuesday with thoughts from Emergency Management Director, Public Safety Director and Fire Chief John Littell. But today we're asking, how do you feel about Tropical Storm Irene one year later? Let us know in the comments.

Jayme Kunze August 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Irene. Personally, when I look back, I can see how much I've grown as a reporter. It was overwhelming in the bustle of the EOC since I'd only been in town for a few months! And it has become increasingly clear that Irene and the snowstorm contributed greatly to my addiction to coffee....but mostly I remember the energy of the first responders and residents. The first responders and town employees really worked non-stop for days, and I was amazed to see the Patch Facebook page take on a life of its own. People were helping us track where the line crews were working and telling their neighbors on vacation what sort of progress was being made on their street. I felt lucky to be able to watch the town pull together afterwards, especially since I thought these sorts of storms would be an unusual event (Stay tuned for the October snowstorm anniversary...)
Ed August 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
As it turned out, the August storm was just a tune up for the main event!! We thought 18 hours without power was a big deal. Little did we know that 9 days without was looming. What I really wish, was that it had motivated me to buy the generator that I now have, prior to the October surprise.

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