Exactly one year ago today, the Sachem community battened down its hatches and prepared for Hurricane Irene, a powerful storm that ripped through Long Island, downing trees, damaging houses, flooding streets and causing power outages.
Many communities on the south shore had to be evacuated to higher ground, and Sachem played a role in that process. Sachem Patch had extensive coverage of the storm, from expert analysis, to updated forecasts, to the aftermath and clean-up efforts.
Here are some of the stories that were covered on August 28, 2011.
Along with Eastport-South Manor High School, Sachem East in Farmingville became the second school to open its doors when residents along the low-lying south shore communities were forced to evacuate because of Irene.
This human interest story reached all the way from Ocean City, Maryland to Sachem Patch, after Sachem East alums Kristin Butzke and Brianna Phillips were forced to evacuate their dorm rooms at Salisbury University just days away from starting their college careers.
After most neighboring schools cancelled all activity, Sachem East and North's football programs decided to hold their scrimmages anyway. They just played against one another, as opposed to the school they were scheduled to play. The scrimmage between the more established North and the newly resurgent East, took place at Sachem East. No score was kept.
Scroll through out photo gallery as well for some interesting before and after pictures of Hurricane Irene, 2011.