This Google Maps image of the Cold River where it meets the Deerfield was taken after Tropical Storm Irene. The gray patch in the center is a large debris field created when the Cold changed its course during Irene. The river shifted some 70 yards west. It abandoned its previous channel near the trees adjacent to Route 2 and carved a new one, taking out a portion of the island to the left. The debris field left by this realignment, with many large boulders visible, suggests the power of the flows generated by Irene.
Cold River Aerial photo