a photo of the downtown area of our little town, Hightstown, NJ, taken 8/28/2011, borrowed from weather.com
We knew Hurricane Irene was coming and battened down the hatches. We had very heavy rain then shortly before 10 pm Saturday we lost power. I read by light of a flashlight for about an hour then went to bed. About 2:30 am, I was woken by lights as the power came back on. This was followed by an automated phone call from our borough office telling us not to drink the tap water. Mr. Main Street turned on the tv to see what was happening, only to find out a tornado had been sighted in our area. So we woke up Miss Main Street and went down in the basement for about 45 minutes until the warning was over.
Currently, we have a little water in our basement (not unusual as the house is nearly 100 years old and we tend to get a little dampness in the basement in any heavy rain) and a completely water logged back yard. But we can't use the running water out of the tap. Otherwise, no major damage, just some small tree branches that came down.
However, two blocks down the street it is not so good (see photo above). I think Peddie Lake must have flooded its banks.
Hopefully, we will be back to normal around here soon.