August 28th, 2011 - Burst

Torrential rains from Hurricane Irene have transformed the usually peaceful Millstone River into a raging torrent, overwhelming the eastern end of Washington Street in Rocky Hill. A large section of Washington Street is now submerged under muddy waters, with nature's force rendering the road impassable. All bridges and roads leading in and out of this section of Somerset County are flooded.

Rocky Hill Borough administration have officially closed the roads into town because foolish people are driving around the barricades in an attempt to cross the flooded bridge.

Trees silently witness the deluge, their branches drooping under the relentless rain. The roaring floodwaters engulf the location of the historic Rocky Hill Grist Mill (aka Bear-Mount Mill and Hooper Mill), now home to local businesses The Pottery and John Shedd Designs. The rushing water laps against the signage that once welcomed customers. This watery chaos starkly illustrates the hurricane's might and the fragility of the structures in its wake.

Millstone River at George Washington Road, Rocky Hill · 28 August 2011 · Nikon D40 · AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Author: Khürt Williams

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