It’s been a surreal past few days. Sandy came and she came with a vengeance. We were extremely lucky where we were and the brunt of the storm went around us. Even though we’re a mile from the Hudson River, we were high enough up that flooding wasn’t an issue. We somehow didn’t loose power either. It flickered a lot and we had a couple brown outs, but I’m shocked that we kept it.
However, a LOT of people weren’t as lucky. They lost everything they own. Their homes, their memories and some even lost their life. To say that the storm was devastating is a gross understatement. I’ve never experienced something like this in my entire life nor do I think anyone else has. There have been a lot of pictures floating around the news and the internet. At first I was curious to see how other areas had fared, but after seeing picture after picture of pure devastation I just can’t take the sadness anymore.
I’ve been home all week due to the commuter trains being suspended on my line. The train I take is pretty much on the Hudson River so the damage to those rails were extensive. flooding, debris, etc. As crews have been cleaning up the rails they found a boat (!) on the tracks between my stop and the next stop to the south. It’s just mind boggling. I don’t think any of us can fully grasp the sheer magnitude of destruction that Sandy caused.
While there are so many heart wrenching stories being publicized in the media, we can’t forget that there also have been stories of human kindness. Neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers. Those are the type of stories that I prefer to hear. Things will be rebuilt. It will take time, but it will be done.
If you want to help those families that have been affected by Sandy you can donate to the Red Cross via their website, phone (1-800-RED CROSS) or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 which will send an automatic $10 donation.
My prayers go out to everyone who lost something or someone during this storm.
|Sandy's Path (picture from google)|
|a boat(!) on the tracks I travel every day to work (picture from www.metroinfo.com)|
|what is left of the Atlantic City boardwalk (picture from gooogle)|
|yes that's a roller coaster in the ocean (picture from google)|