Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene Knocks the Lights Out of Richmond

A rainy Saturday spent playing cards, watching movies and just relaxing was what most VCU students and Richmond residents expected from Hurricane Irene. While many VCU students living in the dorms were merely inconvenienced by the lack of bread or frozen pizzas on the shelves at Kroger, or the fact that Domino’s Pizza stopped taking orders before 7 p.m., Irene unleashed her wrath on other parts of the Richmond community.
By late Saturday night, power was out across Richmond, and the trees succumbed to the saturated ground and high winds.  Pieces of the trees from Monroe Park lay scattered across the walkways, as many of the trees were uprooted or splintered by Irene’s fury.