Superstorm Sandy may have blurred the memory for some in town, but it was two years ago today that Tropical Storm Irene slammed into the town's shoreline, flooding streets, downing trees and leaving many without power for a week or more.
Officials began preparations for Irene early, but once the storm hit, had to watch and wait. Several buildings at the west end of Fairfield Beach Road collapsed, and emergency personnel used boats, jet skis and payloaders to make sure there was no one inside.
Once the cleanup was over, department heads and emergency personnel held a series of debriefing meetings designed to determine what worked, what didn't and what they needed to do the next time.
They didn't have long to wonder if their new plans would work -- just over a year later, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in town -- and recovery and repairs are still under way in the town's shoreline area.
Here's a photo gallery of Irene and what she left in her wake in Fairfield two years ago ...