Sandy's Aftermath

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy has dealt with us and moved on. We personally have had very little damage - a few twigs and branches in the yard. Our power blinked once or twice but stayed on. Some of my friends lost power around 8 last night and some are still not back. We were very, very lucky. All around trees are down everywhere crushing cars and roofs. Power lines are down and everything is still closed. Our area was very, very lucky.

The rest of the state is pure devastation. Our shore is decimated. Many of the shore towns are still underwater. There is as much as 9 inches of sand in the streets that aren't underwater. Peoples' homes, businesses, boats, cars, docks are destroyed. They have been tossed around like toys. There are houses washed off their foundations sitting in the middle of Rt 35, one of our highways. Nine railroad cars washed off the tracks and on to the NJ Turnpike. Many of the piers are damaged beyond hope - including the amusement pier at Seaside Heights where the roller coaster was washed out to sea.

Because our governor and the local officials evacuated the barrier islands in time many lives were spared. Christie may be abrasive and blunt at times but he was right in this case. He had a press conference this afternoon and you could see it in his face and hear it in his voice. He's a Jersey boy and he took it to heart. I understand that - I'm a Jersey girl. If the shore hurts, we bleed. It's our way of life, our home and our livelihood. The damage done is extensive and will be very expensive to repair, but none of that could measure up to the loss of life. We were protected by the hand of the Lord. Things can be replaced but people can't.
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  • no profile photo CD6312736
    Glad you're safe -- my brother lives on Long Island, has been without power for a while; now power is back. Hope things are restored and there's a minimum of HUMAN damage after the storm. THINGS can be replaced; PEOPLE are precious beyond count. Blessings and prayers for protection.

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    3000 days ago
    I am praying for you and the entire Eastern half of the country as many have been affected greatly by this storm. I know this country. When we get hit with something, we come together and get past it. I know there will be many that will come from other places to help the locals. No that doesn't mean it dosn't hurt, but it does ease it some and makes getting back on your feet a little faster.

    It is overwhelming when you start in on the repairs. It's like nothing can get done until something else gets done first and you can't get that done until something else gets done and eventually you can't do the first thing you have to do because it has to be done by someone else and they can't possible help you until God knows when because of all the others ahead of you. It's frustrating. It's more than stressful. It has no name and it's like a monster in front of you holding you back.

    Take care and trust in God. He is still in control and he cares about you, too.
    3007 days ago
    Praise God things weren't worse than they were! God is yet in control. I'm keeping the east coast in prayer. Be blessed.
    3008 days ago
    I will be praying for your state as well as the rest of the East Coast as the devastation was horrific. A storm like Sandy can make us feel so weak, and we are but for our merciful Lord. I am thankful that your are safe and still here with us. emoticon emoticon
    3008 days ago
  • UP2ME_CC
    I live in power....for who knows how long.
    I'm sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble charging my cell phone and playing catch up with FSC.
    I hope I can get up off of this floor at some point.
    3008 days ago
    Glad you're safe. I went through several hurricanes as well as 'the perfect storm' while I was living in Florida . . . . it's not fun. My heart goes out to those who are suffering the brunt of it.
    3008 days ago
    I saw it on T.V. this morning. It was terrible. We are praying for the people of New Jersey and the east coast. I'm so glad you are safe.
    3008 days ago
    Glad to hear that you are safe. I'm praying for those who are dealing with the aftermath. I have worked many tornadoes and floods and know it takes a long time to get back on your feet.
    3008 days ago
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