I’m live… sort of!
Actually, we’re still without internet/cable (which I’m not even going to complain about) so Joe and I hit up Starbucks this weekend to use utilize their free wifi… and drink lots of coffee/tea. On the plus side, our apartment finally got the heat fixed – just in time for that nor’easter – so we’ve been warm without wearing several layers and hiding under countless blankets.
Over the past week, my mom has been updating me on my family members (I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if not, my mom grew up here and a lot of her side of the family is still here). Some of the family only lost power but all have other places they can stay. At the same time, my grandpa’s cousin (which I believe is my first cousin twice removed?) lost everything in their basement and their car from the flooding. Even one of my mom’s best friends, who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone, lost everything in their newly finished basement.
I didn’t realize how much I had been affected by this until I went back to work last week. It feels stupid to even say that because we’re safe and had such little damage but I can’t help that I’m constantly feeling worn down. My low point was on Monday when I almost started to cry because a bank teller wouldn’t let me pay my car bill (I was able to do it at another branch). Seeing everything is exhausting so I can’t even imagine how those who lost their homes must feel.
Even while we’re sitting in Starbucks, there are people who are covered in mud (clearly from cleaning out their homes) and marine corps coming in.
This is about two weeks late, but I wanted to share some more photos of Sandy’s wrath because it’s something that’s important to me. The first batch I shared with you were mainly around out apartment but these are from an area a few miles away that got hit much harder. I promise this will be the last of the photos because it’s all so sad.
In the photo below, you can see how high the water level got in these buildings…
During the storm, wires were knocked down and started a fire as a result. Two businesses were burnt down.
Below is the interior of a pet supply store. It had been severely flooded and items from the store were found miles away.
The water caused sinkholes…
… flooded dozens of streets…
… and swept away houses.
If you look closely in this photo below, you can see that the water not only knocked the garage door down but knocked out the back wall, too, giving you a view of the backyard.
We have no idea where this is from, but we know that it’s not supposed to be here…
…the same goes for the item below.
On the plus side, it’s improving around here. A lot of the destroyed items have been picked up by sanitation or dumpsters so the streets aren’t littered with trash. Each weekend, there are countless volunteers who are going around to the hard-hit areas and helping with clean up. There are also a ton of people who are donating needed items.
Again, thank you all for your kind comments, tweets, and emails. It means the world to me that you all care so much!