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Photo Essay: Americans capture Hurricane Irene’s impact

As much as mainstream media expertly captured the consequences of Hurricane Irene, photo enthusiasts from across the U.S. were eager to upload their experiences during this crisis. On sites such as Flickr, Americans quickly chronicled the devastation and the environmental damage.

Hurricane Irene has become another example of how crowdsourcing and citizen journalism can tell a story to supplement what the mainstream media publishes.

Below are several photos summarizing how Hurricane Irene devastated various communities across the American east coast:

Hurricane Irene causing flooding in a Bronx park

Hurricane Irene causing flooding in a Bronx park
Edwin Martinez1

A car hit by an uprooted tree in the Bronx  after Hurricane Irene

A car hit by an uprooted tree in the Bronx, after Hurricane Irene
Edwin Martinez1

Flooding in West Harlem after Hurricane Irene passes through

Flooding in West Harlem after Hurricane Irene passes through
Ennuipoet

Hurricane Irene approaching Cobble Hill  NY

Hurricane Irene approaching Cobble Hill, NY
killahkazx

Flooding on Howard Street in Elkton  Maryland

Flooding on Howard Street in Elkton, Maryland
jcantroot

A man looks for treasure during the aftermath of Irene in Monmouth County  NJ

A man looks for treasure during the aftermath of Irene in Monmouth County, NJ
Bob Jagendorf

Hurricane Irene floods the streets of Denville  NJ

Hurricane Irene floods the streets of Denville, NJ
misparse

A New York car tries to protect itself from the oncoming Hurricane Irene

A New York car tries to protect itself from the oncoming Hurricane Irene
flydolce

Hurricane Irene fells a tree in NYC  at Prospect Park West & 15th St.

Hurricane Irene fells a tree in NYC, at Prospect Park West & 15th St.
superheroonamedtony

A store says what is on its mind about Hurricane Irene in NYC

A store says what is on its mind about Hurricane Irene in NYC
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