The photos above show storm damage on the
afternoon of August 28 along Dutcher Street.

Mendon Street entrance to Hopedale
Village Cemetery - August 28.

Hopedale Village Cemetery - The stone near
the flags is where Victor Lamothe was buried
only about two weeks ago.

Bancroft Park - August 28. Most of the streets in
town looked like this for a day or so after the storm.

Hopedale Town Park

                          Hurricane Irene - August 28, 2011

    By the time Irene reached Massachusetts, it had slowed enough to be
    classified as a tropical storm. Nevertheless, it managed to do a lot of
    damage. The pictures above just show a few scenes I happened to see
    in the hours after the storm had passed. Other areas no doubt were
    worse, although as I write this on August 30, I haven't seen anywhere
    with as much damage on one street as Dutcher Street. Those of us at
    this end of town lost electricity as a result of those trees that came
    down, and when I checked the National Grid website an hour ago, it had
    a prediction of September 2 for a return of power here. I'm writing this
    with the assistance of my generator.