Route 30: Hurricane Irene and Old Blenheim Bridge

This series of photographs shows the damage to Route 30 near Blenheim and North Blenheim caused by Hurricane Irene.

October 27, 2011

This series of photographs shows the damage to Route 30 near Blenheim and North Blenheim caused by Hurricane Irene. On August 27, 2011, the Old Blenheim Bridge opened in 1855 collapsed and washed away due to flooding from Hurricane Irene. There is a roadside waterfall along Route 30 named Creamery Falls. In the past I have visted and have taken photographs of this particular waterfall. However those photos were taken in better weather and better times. There is a comparsion below of the strength of this waterfall.


Old Blenheim Bridge was a wooden covered bridge that spanned Schoharie Creek in North Blenheim, New York, United States. With an open span of 210 feet (64 m), it had the second-longest span of any surviving single-span covered bridge in the world. The bridge, opened in 1855, was also one of the oldest of its type in the United States. It was destroyed by flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Photograph from Route 30 of the abutments of former Old Blenheim Bridge.
Photograph of the abutments of the former Blenheim Bridge with Schohaire Creek and Route 30.
Photograph of the abutments of the former Blenheim Bridge with Schohaire Creek and Route 30.
Historic sign with Route 30 on the right. The Blenheim Bridge once crossed the Schohaire Creek
Schoharie Creek with abutments of the former Covered Blenheim Bridge visible. Route 30 and the newer bridge that crosses Schohaire Creek.

Photos of Old Blenheim Bridge

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