I got this update from an acquaintance who lives and works in the Sandy disaster area. Here’s what life looks like there outside of what we see on the news.
Hello from disaster stricken New Jersey Shore! Just wanted to give everyone an update on what’s going on here from my perspective – outside of the news you watch.
Currently I and everyone else I know, including my neighbors, and the [..] corporate office, are all without power. We’ve been fortunate at our home to be able to use our neighbors generator, which we’ve connected our refrigerator along with a limited power strip to charge our computers and phones. Speaking of phones, we have practically ZERO phone service, limited texts, calls don’t work, and data is non-existent. Our computers function as DVD players for our children when possible.
We’ve gone to Target for some paper products and dry food and snacks and Whole Foods was open so we were able to buy some fresh food. (And beer. And more wine.) We’ve also been very fortunate that our gas and water has continued to work without problem – enabling us to shower, wash dishes, and use our gas fireplace. The fireplace is helpful because we obviously have no other heat source.
Mostly all gas stations in the vicinity are without power and those that do are something you’d see out of a zombie flick – 3 hour long car lines and separate lines of people standing with gas cans. We’ve heard of 6 hour long lines for fuel. The length of the lines literally have caused multiple traffic jams. It took us an hour and a half to return from Target on an otherwise 20 minute trip.
While this was a “low” category hurricane, it has had pretty devastating affects. The number of downed trees and power lines is pretty unbelievable. Our municipal marina was washed up into town and is still blocked off. The road I take from my home to the office in Red Bank is littered with flood debris, including an ice machine from who knows where and a boat from another who knows where. Trees are leveled, many roads inaccessible, and we’ve heard stories of entire towns nearby entirely washed away.
I grew up in Kansas, which is known for tornadoes and the best storms I’ve ever seen, but I’ve never heard wind like that nor seen so much widespread devastation in person. I feel very grateful to have what I do have and am not taking anything for granted.