I was looking through some pictures that I took this year, and I found a photo that made me recall of the day Hurricane Irene affected our area. I remember standing in the mud with my tripod back on August 28th of this year. I was holding my camera with my left hand and I started to walk out closer to the swollen creek where I was a little worried that it was going to rain again. As I walked closer to the water and with each step, I kept sinking into the mud. Also as I waked closer to the water, I began to notice how high the creek was that day and the magnitude of the flooding that occurred earlier. I read the weather report and I knew it was going to rain again, and that the creek could quickly start to rise. The water was flowing downstream at a fairly quick rate and as you can see the water was over it's normal level. Because I was there after full brunt of the storm, the water was actually much higher before I arrived that day. You can see from this pic how the brush was pushed flat and in the direction of the creek flow.
The second photo (below) shows a left angle view from the first photo. I am sure that the creek water was twice as high as it normally would be. The first pic shows a small tree right in the flow of the water, and since the water was rushing downstream quickly you can see it was generating waves.
After taking a few more pictures, the rain started again and I had to pack away my gear quickly. In that last photo, more to the left and out of view, was a work crew cutting through large trees that had fallen and was blocking a public road. I was able to drive out of that road, which was shut down, but being persistent I drove into the park area anyway.