A short walk up the now discontinued Black Brook Road reveals considerable alterations to the stream and nearby infrastructure.
Black Brook is a high gradient stream. During Irene, it was capable of moving large boulders, rocks, uprooting and transporting trees. There was sufficient force to scour several vertical feet of streambed, transport large boulders and uprooted trees, and widen the bed enough to destroy Black Brook Road, which runs along the brook. New guardrails had been installed along Black Brook road just a few weeks before Irene hit. These also were destroyed during the storm. As of late February 2016, repairs to Black Brook road were underway. The bottom photo, taken on February 26, 2016, shows how the stream bank has been stabilized.
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