Hopatcong Historian: Irene 2nd Worst Natural Disaster Ever

Marty Kane ranks Hurricane Irene behind a flood that caused widespread damage a decade ago.

Hurricane Irene will go down as one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the East Coast.

And though its presence was felt in Hopatcong—evidenced by the more than 1,000 without electricity as of Tuesday morning and the snapped trees, floods and closed streets—it was worse elsewhere, sending thousands of evacuees into shelters, unsure of when or if they'd return home.

Still, the storm ranks high on Hopatcong's all-time list. How high? Hopatcong historian Marty Kane said in an email Hurricane Irene was "probably Lake Hopatcong's second-worst recorded event."

"The great flood of 2000 had the lake more than a food higher than Irene and caused widespread damage to area roads," the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum president said.

"This storm compares to be on par with the flooding and damage of Hurricane Diane in 1955."

Hurricane Floyd, however, didn't have a major impact on the lake area, Kane said.

Kane also said the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum has photos of Hopatcong during hurricanes Diane and Floyd.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article misinterpreted Kane and said Hurricane Floyd occured in 2000.

ss August 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM
The information here is incorrect. The great flood of Lake Hopatcong was in 2000 and was caused by a freak cut off low that circled over lake Hopatcong dumping 11 inches of rain in only a few hours and then coupled with the loss of lake Shawnee's dam. It had nothing to do with Hurricane Floyd which hit the area on September 17, 1999 (an entire year earlier).
Dave Tweed August 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM
I didn't loose power for so far 3 days during that storm. However I lost power in an ice storm in Oct of 08 I think it was for 3 days thats gotta rank up there as well?
Brendan Kuty August 30, 2011 at 01:24 PM
That was our mistake. Fixing.
Brenda Breheny August 30, 2011 at 02:24 PM
As you can see, the correction is stated above......give the guy a break! Like the rest of us, he's only human. Why be so negative right off the cuff, jazzman?
Brenda Breheny August 30, 2011 at 03:26 PM
An equal opportunity offender, lol! Gotta love it. Enjoy your isolation and silence, bc apparantly this is the only way you get any company (and don't try to argue that fact, bc we all know it's true). FYI--it's "nepotism', if that is even the word you were going for there; not sure....but thanks for thinking that I'm that close to "the source"!
ss August 30, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Whoa! I didn't mean to start something so nasty, I just wanted to correct the facts. Thanks for giving us Patch Brandon. I think you are doing a great job and I like the little"paper".
ss August 30, 2011 at 03:37 PM
We did have fun kiteboarding during Floyd though!
Brenda Breheny August 30, 2011 at 03:41 PM
No worries, ss, you didn't start anything nasty. Anyone that appreciates this area and Hopatcong Patch would want to help correct the facts. You did so, the story was corrected, the end.
Brenda Breheny August 30, 2011 at 06:18 PM
No, jazzman, no bigger fight for me, when you’ve already taken on the battle. Blue tarps are not an issue for me, but it sounds like it’s a conflict with others, who are just stating their opinions about them. There is a difference between stating an opinion and being downright demeaning, which is a line that you do not walk very well. BTW, where did the blue tarp comment go?? I don’t see it on here anymore. LOL
PJ_Wolf August 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM
The blue tarps all flew away, must be why jazzman is so unruly. What's overhead now? Oh, and by the way, you can't hide your IP address - I'd be checking over my shoulder native son.
Roll Back Our Tax August 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Even if it wasn't the 2nd worse natural disaster.....the LHC and DEP had plenty of time to react and release more lake water in time for the storm. I had to stop at the Lake Hopatcong Park Police office to vent about the flooding on the lake. They were more concerned about the "tone" of my voice/letter than taking responsibility. So much for government employees. All they care about is their paycheck, pension and benefits. The residents downstream shouldn't have been an issue. After all releasing only 6" of water two days before the storm from the dam wasn't going to have any major impact on residents downstream when they had at least 5 days notice the storm was coming. The 6" of rainfall in a day turn into 24" for lake residents. Looking around the lake I see alot of damage to not only residential property but business property as well. Call this lake water management? Possible new Hurricane on the way. http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/NOAA5Day.asp?storm=Katia So how will they prepare this time?
Roll Back Our Tax August 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Even if it wasn't the 2nd worse natural disaster.....the LHC and DEP had plenty of time to react and release more lake water in time for the storm. Possible new Hurricane on the way. http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/NOAA5Day.asp?storm=Katia So how will they prepare this time?
John Hanna August 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM
It should be "Great Flood of 2000"
jazzman August 31, 2011 at 01:10 PM
the flood of 2000 Aug was more about the lake 30 something inchs over the top of the dam ,and flooding in areas with close proxcimity to the Musconetcong,no doult about it that 2000 storm lasting only about 2hrs had more water,thats without question,but this storm is easly the worst with trees down power outages and overall cost to hopatcong and its residents and lasting 12 hrs with high winds the 2000 storm as i remember hit directly north of the lake where we saw all the devastation,sparta/jefferson,dams and a couple of roads,be real the record should show that this storm was number one for directly effecting the people of Hopatcong ,most people dont remember because it was not a direct hit to Hopatcong and only effected the lake levels for weeks,and as you know 90% of Hopatcong residents cant even see the lake make use of it nor have they ever been on it,let the record show this storm was by far the worst storm in 50 yrs to actually hit Hopatcong


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