On Aug. 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene flooded parts of Washington Township and took out power for thousands of customers for as many as 10 days.
To say it was the storm of the century was an understatement.
The South Branch of the Raritan River flooded over North Four Bridges Road, taking out a bridge in the area. It also reached water mark level on West Mill Road the town hadn't seen in more than a century.
Images from that day showed us a man being rescued from the center of town where flood waters rose waist-high in some areas. Businesses were decimated and homes deemed uninhabitable.
Unfortunately, the storm was just a precursor to a blizzard and even stronger Hurricane (Super Storm Sandy) in the following 14 months.
What do you remember of Hurricane Irene? Did it help you prepare for the following storms? What did you learn about your community during the time of need?