UPDATE: Additional videos below were published by Oakland residents Joe Gallup and Bryan Lima. ( click here for still images of hurricane damage )
The first video, published by Joe Gallup records a water rescue of an Oakland resident by first responders from Oakland and Mahwah.
This video sent in by Bryan Lima records the water rising and consuming homes on Lenape Lane.
Below are a collection of Oakland videos recording the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irene. Each captures and reflects a different experience.
The first video is a video montage with music added to the background, beginning with In the Half-Light of the Canyon. This is the soundtrack from the movie, A River Runs Through it. While often interpreted in the movie as reflecting the timeless and peaceful wonder of nature, imposed here it speaks to those unseen, those driven from their homes, and the nature of human beings.
The second video offers a unique experience of a man canoeing through the flooded streets of Oakland. Beginning with a birds eye view of the canoe floating next to a house, the tip of the canoe leads us through a neighborhood void of people and consumed by the river. Empty homes, flooded streets, and a lone canoe surveying the damage.
The third video is relatively short. The images show significant damage to Oakland homes, but it is the audio that captures the imagination. The short exchange of words, ending abruptly, capture a moment experienced by many Oakland families. A question, a pause, and a brief answer that lingers long after the video has ended.
The fourth video is a montage of different parts of Oakland flooded during the Irene Hurricane. It has clips of areas impacted all over town.
First Video - Music
Second Video - Canoe
Third Video - Conversation
Fourth Video - Ramapo Reserve