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Irish recover from Hurricane Irene
“We were open throughout and we had no damage. The power stayed on,” he said.
“We had a lot of locals in on Saturday, and on Sunday a lot of tourists.”
Breathing a sigh of relief after the weekend storm, Maguire admits he was nervous about the possible destruction of Irene after witnessing flooding before in downtown Manhattan.
“Last week I was very concerned, but we arranged that the staff would stay overnight and we were delighted that it didn’t come as bad as they had predicted,” he said.
Over in New Jersey, Mallory Erickson, the manager of Thatcher Magees Irish Pub and Eatery, is still dealing with the after effects of Irene.
Situated on Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes, the Irish pub was able to remain open throughout the storm, despite most of the town being flooded.
“One side of town is under water and everyone was evacuated on Sunday,” she told the Irish Voice.
“It’s crazy -- we are a mile away from a disaster. When you drive down the street it looks like a different world. There is still water on the streets and trees are down.”
Erickson, who was working all weekend, said that many people came to the bar for refuge after Irene had hit.
“On Saturday night we had heavy winds and crazy rain and business was fizzling, but on Sunday, everyone had gotten flooded around here and we were the only restaurant open. I can’t even tell you how busy we were,” she said.
With many people evacuated, and countless without power, locals sought out a warm place to wait out the storm.
“I had at least 100 phone calls asking if we had power. I would say 50% were coming from flooded areas,” Erickson said.
With her own house flooded after the storm damage, the New Jersey woman said she was content to work over the weekend.
“Our whole basement and the first floor was flooded and we still have about five foot of water in the basement.
“There is nothing I can do right now, I was happy to keep working over the weekend,” she reflected.
The manager praised the local community and authorities for rallying together during the storm.
“The police officers and National Guard were brilliant,” Erickson said.
“Living in Pompton Lakes everyone knows each other and wants to help,” she concluded.
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