It has been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Atlantic City Coast and things are finally getting back to normal for my family. We were without power for 12 days and I can’t tell you how good it is to have lights and heat again. We had spent the first 5 nights in our house and watched the temperature drop into the upper 40’s which made for some pretty chilly nights!
Then we all packed up and moved across town to my sister’s house when her power was restored. Once she got her power back we assumed ours would quickly follow and we only planned to stay the one night. But we ended up crashing there for a whole week watching movies, playing board games, and drinking lots of wine. We’re lucky to have family so close.
We don’t live far from the coast but we managed to avoid any serious damage. We did lose a good number of roof tiles and I had to scramble to find a roofer who could fix it ASAP. With the nor’easter right on the heels of Hurricane Sandy I couldn’t afford to wait or shop around but fortunately I have a healthy emergency fund which easily took care of the $650 repair bill. If the nor’easter had hit before the roof was fixed it could have caused major water damage.
We also lost part of our fence, but I was able to repair that myself with my cordless drill and a few L-brackets. The many downed trees and power lines made travel difficult and since most stores had no power either it quickly became difficult to find basic necessities like milk, bread, diapers, and ice. Few gas stations were open and those that were had lines that stretched for miles.
Of course, we were actually quite lucky. Going without power for 12 days was certainly an inconvenience, but other people had their lives turned completely upside down. Towns just a few miles away from me were devastated and it will take years for the beautiful Jersey Shore to recover. Streets were flooded and homes were destroyed. One home was swept right off its foundation and ended up in the middle of a state highway. Firemen in boats had to rescue people from the roofs of their flooded homes. People lost everything they had.
Needless to say I didn’t get much writing done in the dark, but now that things are back to normal I’ll be getting back to work! And I even have some new post ideas such as some things I learned about being prepared for an emergency.
Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? What did you learn from the disaster?