by Quinton Sheppard
Most Middle Peninsula residents seemed to fare pretty well during Hurricane Irene Saturday. Up and down Route 17 early Sunday morning, residents in Gloucester were seen heading out on the roadways to assess the damages in their communities.
Lines at fast-food restaurants were stretching out toward the main road with residents who’d lost power seeking a hot breakfast.
Garrey Curry, interim emergency management coordinator for Gloucester, said an estimated total damage loss in Gloucester from Irene was $1,005,000 as of Wednesday morning. This includes varying impacts to 64 single-family homes, one manufactured home, five businesses and one non-profit organization.
Krista Gustafson, Cooperative Extension agent for Gloucester, reported agricultural damage/crop loss estimated at $1,426,500.
Curry said there was very little damage to public structures. However, some damage was reported at the Gloucester Point fishing pier and boat landing.
"We were blessed in a lot of ways," said Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department fire chief J.D. Clements, referring to earlier forecasts that showed Irene packing much more of a punch than she eventually did. He said rescue officials only responded to one call, an incident on Ware House Road, where a tree fell on a van.