Fairfield County Homes for Sale: Hurricane Irene in Black Rock Connecticut

Hurricane Irene in Black Rock Connecticut


All I can say is that If this was a Category 1 dwindling down to a tropical storm, I sure don't want to stick around for a real Category 1 or higher!  Some areas got hit a lot worse than others in Black Rock.  Let's take a look:


Black Rock Yacht Club 


Hurricane Irene Black Rock Yacht Club

Hurricane Irene Lashes BRYC - photo from www.blackrockyc.com


Took a direct hit from the storm and lifted the ballroom floor up.  One member who was in the club at the time, said that he could see the floor undulating with the waves.  The waves came into the pool and filled it with salt water.  Our sources say the beautiful new bar remained untouched.  For now the BRYC is closed.  No word on when it will reopen.  For more information www.blackrockyc.com


St. Mary's-by-the-Sea


Hurricane Irene - St. Mary's

St. Mary's - photo by Lynn Norris

The area near the sand spit got hit the hardest by wave action.  As you can see from the photo above the water washed over the seawall at high tide (11 AM).  This was the storm surge action that we warned about in previous e-mails.


Below you'll see a storm surge map, which the City sent out.  It was pretty accurate, except that the water did actually cross over Seabright Avenue and came up past Seaview Terrace.  Anchorage Drive flooded as expected as did Grovers Avenue and Gilman Street. 


There was wind damage along Eames Boulevard.  Two smaller trees came down along St. Mary's along with two larger trees, one of which blocked the road. 


Slosh Map 1 


Slosh Map Legend 


Gilman Street Flooding


Hurricane Irene Gilman Flooding

Gilman St Looking Towards St. Mary's - photo by Lynn Norris


The water washed over the seawall and the sand spit and came down Gilman Street according to several observers.  It did not breach the berm along Gilman.  The berm held.


Sand Spit Damage


Hurricane Irene Sand Spit 1

Sand Spit Sand Washed Away


The sand spit sand on the Sound side was washed away in the storm.  The remaining vegetation held down the sand on the half of the sand spit where the City had not removed it.  The entire sand spit was washed over by wave action according to some observers.  The importance of the sand spit in preventing flooding in storm surge areas along Beachview Avenue, Livingston Street, Newton Street, Montgomery Street, and beyond should be clear from this photo.


Hurricane Irene Sand Spit Channel

Channel Cut Through Sand Spit by Storm


Richard Orson, the environmental scientist who provided recommendations for St. Mary's sand spit restoration after the dredging incident, cautioned that a strong storm could create a channel separating the sand spit from the land.  This did occur.  If a permanent channel is created by later storms, the sand spit could disappear entirely, exposing Ash Creek to direct wave action from future storm surges.


Anchorage Drive Flooding 


Hurricane Irene Anchorage Dr Flooding

Anchorage Drive Flooding



Seabright Avenue


Hurricane Gloria Seabright Ave

Seabright Ave Debris Washed Up From Storm


The storm surge washed across Seabright Avenue and up the street towards Ellsworth Park, stopping just past Seaview Terrace.  The beach grass held the sand in place along much of the beach, but some was washed up onto the road.


Wind Damage from Downed Trees


Hurricane Irene Seaside Trees

Seaside Avenue - Trees Took Down Power Lines


Hurricane Irene Midland and Seaside

Home Damaged by Tree on Midland


The most damage came from the wind which knocked down trees and power lines.  Some areas of Black Rock were without power for several days. It was reported that 580,000 homes lost power throughout Connecticut, but that all but 80,000 had been restored by today. 




Black Rock Community Supports One Another 

Hurricane Irene Neighbors

Neighbors Gather to Discuss Damage


Many neighbors gathered on street corners to talk about the damage and helped one another to clean up, provide hot showers, hot coffee, or to recharge their cell phones as some had power and others did not.  It is times like this that we remember why we chose to live in this community. 


Views from Fayerweather Yacht Club


Hurricane Irene

Beached Sailboat - photo by Gail Robinson


After the Storm at Fayerweather Yacht Club - photo by Gail Robinson

View from FYC Dock - photo by Gail Robinson


Other than a beached sailboat across from the Fayerweather Yacht Club all seemed calm the afternoon of the storm when these photos were taken.  The storm direction spared Captain's Cove, homes along Hackley, and the Fayerweather Yacht Club. 


What To Do If You Have Damage


Contact your insurance company immediately, of course.  The following e-mail was forwarded by Joe Ianniello of the Black Rock NRZ:


From: Appleby, Scott
Sent: Mon Aug 29 17:06:01 2011
Subject: City of Bridgeport Pre-Assessment Damage Survey

In an effort to gather the proper estimates for damages we are asking that our Residents, Businesses and Private Non-Profit provide the Bridgeport EOC with their preliminary Damage Assessment Costs (Non-Insurance Costs).  We need them immediately.


The President has made Pre-Landfall Declaration for the State and thus will make the process we hope a bit faster as it relates to recovery efforts. We are requested to provide the following information to FEMA:


Individual Assistance (Home and Business Owners Only)

  • Damage Costs
  • Address for Businesses and Residents impacted
  • Contact Information
  • Insured (Yes or No)
  • Homeowner or Renter


Private Non-Profit Eligibility

  • Educational
  • Utility
  • Emergency (Fire, EMS, etc.)
  • Medical (hospitals, clinics, out-patient services, hospice, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers that provide medical care)
  • Custodial care (facilities for the aged and disabled)
  • Irrigation Facilities
  • Other Services (Zoos, museums, performing arts, community centers, community arts centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, rehabilitation facilities, shelter workshops, health and safety services)


We need to have them call 203-576-1311 or 203-579-3829 to report damages or email eoc@bridgeportct.gov





Scott Appleby, CEM

Director-CHS III

Office of Emergency Management &

Homeland Security/LEPC

City of Bridgeport

581 North Washington Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06604

203.579.3822 (office)

203.257.5981 (cellular)

scott.appleby@bridgeportct.gov  (email)




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Comment balloon 12 commentsGail Robinson • August 30 2011 01:04PM


Irene really left her mark but these photos are simply great! Nature is so tricky.

Posted by Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL (Watson Realty Corp) over 7 years ago

Kim - I just got power this morning.  I couldn't post until today.  That's why I've been MIA.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Gayle - I felt the same way about the storm. I am so grateful it downgraded to a tropical storm because we had several large limbs fall down in my yard. I wouldn't want to see anything more than what we experienced with this storm.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 7 years ago


 I've been thinking about you. Glad to see you're back in action. Those pictures speak a thousand words. Can't begin to fathom the experience.

 I specifically thought about St.Mary's as you'd posted that lovely backyard photo not too long ago.

Thanks for sharing and we're all so grateful to see you weathered the storm.  Debb

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago

Gail: My dream when I lived in Hawaii was to have an oceanfront saltwater splashpool. But I see that there can be a lot of problems with that. On a serious note, I'm so glad you are ok. Love those photos, they really makes one empathize with what you went through.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 7 years ago

Judy - It did end up going to your area.  I saw the path.

Debb - We all had to decide whether to stay and ride out the storm in our homes or to evacuate.  I wasn't asked to evacuate, but I know some who were asked and chose to stay.  I know others who went down to the seawall at the height of the storm and took photos and videos!  Not me.

Hella - The flipside of living on the water is the vulnerability to storms.  I've been here 35 years and this is the worst one I've seen.  Our parents' generation thought our generation as nuts to build homes so close to the water.  They had a point.  However a lot of damage was done inland with trees coming down and loss of power, too.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Gail, there's no question the shore areas got hit the hardest. I saw photos of the West Haven Cozy Beach area where 20 houses were lost and some better than a block away from the shore.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Ed - Imagine what a real hurricane could do???

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Gail - Everyone is saying how lucky we were and I guess that's true--it could have been worse.  Our area doesn't look as bad as yours but we are still without power!  Great information for your readers!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 7 years ago

Great post, Gail. We are so lucky -  safe! Every hurricane in Florida - some sleepless night for us!

Posted by Evelina Tsigelnitskaya, www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931 (SIB Realty) over 7 years ago

Peggy - The loss of electricity probably wouldn't have been so bad in our parents' time, but now it can really mess up our business and personal lives.

SIB - Now let's get this straight - we get the snow and YOU get the hurricanes!  Right?  LOL

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Gail... It is scary what a *tropical storm* can do to New England.  I can't (and hope I never do) see what a hurricane will do.  Two hundred year old trees were split down the middle.  If you think about this, those trees have been around for a long time.  If they can't handle a storm... what would happen if a hurricane of a category 2 struck?  I shutter to think about it.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 7 years ago

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