Last week we were glued to The Weather Channel as Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams delivered the forecast…..Hurricane Irene had her sights set on the Inner Banks.  Irene came ashore with terrential rain and driving winds, but Arlington Place was high and dry thanks to our 25 foot elevations.  No flooding or structural damage to report….but the high winds did leave us with a 1000 acre mess!   We had 100+ down trees throughout the neighborhood.  Nothing that chain saws, street sweepers, excavators, dump trucks, blowers and mowers couldn’t take care of. 

We were extremely fortunate, but so many others had extensive damage both locally and up and down the East Coast.  In the days since Hurricane Irene, neighbors have joined forces, and everyone is well on their way to restoring this area to it’s former beauty.  A trying time like this brings about a sense of pride when you see so many willing helping hands and random acts of kindness.  We are very thankful to live in such a close-knit community and this natural disaster has brought us all even closer.  I saw a news report where a resident was cleaning up her yard and thought she put it best “if you want to live in a place this beautiful, you’re going to have to deal with a storm every now and then….and it’s well worth it.”