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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jersey Shore Devastation

Thanks to everyone who asked about me and my family- Overall, I am thanking and praising God that my family and I  survived Hurricane Sandy. We may have lost things, but all of that can be replaced,  unlike people. 

To keep their spirits up, on the worst Halloween ever, I baked this cake for my kids. Thanks to Sandy, there won't be any trick-or-treating done tonight.  :(

 
Here's what the front of  the Bird's Nest  looks like:
 
Here's what that beotch Sandy did to my back yard:
 
 

 
 
We are very thankful that none of the bigger trees fell on our house. Besides some major yard clean up, replacing and repairing fence and pumping some water out of our basement, we feel very fortunate that this is all the damage we need to deal with. A  lot of our family, friends and neighbors were not so lucky. I have yet to hear from some friends that live on Long Beach Island, in Seaside Park and down near Atlantic City. My thoughts and  prayers are with them and everyone who's lost loved ones in this storm. If you haven't seen some of the heart breaking images of the damage done to the Jersey Shore yet - I'll share a few:
 
What's left of the Seaside Heights Boardwalk                                                                 
Aerial view of the Seaside Pier taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)

Below is Central Ave. on Long Beach Island.
This is the road I use to get to work. PS: I no longer have a place to work :(
Today on Central Ave. in Ship Bottom, NJ.
Below: This is not a marina. It is the main road in Point Pleasant Beach.

Boats on road in P.P. Beach

We haven't even been able to get anywhere near my sister's house to assess the damage yet, since the road that leads there remains completely underwater. We are hoping and praying her house still stands.

This is not an easy thing to come back from. But we are tough here in Jersey.  And I have no doubt we will all pull together as a community to do what needs to be done. We will survive this.

Wishing everyone who can celebrate it today, a very Happy Halloween!

33 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're okay. I've been on the phone with all my NYC friends and family and there's damage, but none of it bodily so I'm feeling thankful!

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    1. Thank you so much Johanna! Glad to here your friends are OK. I still can't reach some of my friends and they can't reach me. My land line and cell phones are all out- and it's driving me mad!

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  2. Oh my goodness! I'm so happy to hear you are all okay, but that is a hell of a mess you have to deal with!I hope all of your family and friends are safe too - thinking of you!

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    1. Anyone need some firewood? LOL Our yard is full to the brim with trees and debris. But like I said, it's all good. This stuff is just a nuisance, nothing to complain about. As long as my family is ok, I don't really sweat any of this small stuff.

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  3. Scary what water and wind can do! Glad you only have trees down and a little water in the basement. Looks like the one on your house didn't do any damage.

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    1. Your right! The one on our house was small, and believe it or not, it just kind of fell softly. We are so thankful and feel very blessed none of our big trees came down on us.

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  4. Oh, Jaybird. You and your family and friends are in my prayers! I'm so glad you are okay. Sandy really does suck. :(

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    1. Thanks! Funny story-last night when the power was out, I wanted a cup of coffee. (I had filled a few thermoses ahead of time) So I went into the refrigerator to get out the half n half, but in the dark I grabbed the egg beaters and poured it in my cup. I couldn't understand why my coffee tasted so disgusting. How gross is that !?!

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  5. I'm so glad your house was damaged badly.
    I'm sorry for all the others. It looks like a nightmare there:(
    My nephew is in the National Guard there and is out helping local residents. He may be around to check you!
    Praying for you, your family and friends, and all who were touched by Sandy.

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    1. Thank you so much! And the National Guard/EMTS/ police have been amazing.

      It really makes me angry though, how many people were warned but refused to leave their homes. Now they endangered other people's nephews, brothers, husbands, fathers, etc. to risk their lives to save them. The rescue efforts are still on-going. I can hear the helicopters flying over my house all day!

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  6. Whoa. I'm happy your family is okay, but what devastation. Hopefully the clean-up goes smoothly. Hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks Christine! The worst is over now. We will all be alright.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about the damage but glad you are ok. My thoughts are with everyone who has been effected. Take care.

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    1. Hi Suzanne- our damage is really minimal, compared to our friends, family and neighbors. Feeling pretty blessed right now. But thank you so much for your concern!

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  8. I have been thinking/worrying/praying for and about you. Glad to hear that the damage was, such as it is and not any worse. Hope your clean-up and recovery goes smoothly and quickly. Prayers for everyone else still working their way out of this. The power of nature is incredible.

    I tried to email you about the CP but it came back. Might be me or maybe it was the storm. I'm very interested. As soon as you get your feet under you, get in touch with me. Email=farawayeyes18@gmail.com or just leave a comment on my blog and let's work something out.

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    1. Hey Faraway! Aw- you are the best. Thank you so much for praying for us! I'm sure you've weathered many a storm out your way. We've seen hurricanes and nor'easters before, but this hurricane was crazy! Worst we have ever seen. Like I said before, I don't really care about the damage, as long as my family is alright. That's all that matters to me.

      And, I will get in touch with you very soon! Other people had some problems trying to e-mail me as well. I think it is b/c of the storm since a lot of our other services (like my cell, cable and land lines are still out).

      Look forward to seeing what you have for me. I'll talk to you soon!!

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  9. I am so happy to hear that you and your family are okay. What a giant mess! We'll be thinking of all of you. Hopefully things will be straightened out as soon as possible. Good luck to your sister! Take care!

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel. We are all alright, thank God.

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  10. I am so glad to hear that you and your family are okay! Wow, those pictures are amazing. I can't even imagine. What happened to your work? Was the building damaged?

    I feel so bad for everyone on the coast. Even people who "just" lost power, because it's cold! How are people staying warm?

    I hope you find out soon that your sister's house is okay!

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    1. I work for a management company on Long Beach Island, cleaning their houses. Almost all of those houses are in the ocean now. Not sure what, if anything, my boss can do about it.

      And late yesterday (with i.d.) my sister was allowed to see her home. Thankful to say, she did not lose her house. Her neighbors, were not as lucky.

      It is very cold here, and a lot of people are going to shelters to stay warm. Also, friends and family are opening up their houses that do have power restored, to take people in. It will take a while to come back from this, but we will!

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  11. I'm glad you and your family are safe, and I hope your sister's house is still standing. How horrible for her to still be waiting to find out. It must be hard to keep up your spirits under such uncertainty, but you are all safe. As you said, people are irreplaceable.

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    1. Hey Dianne- thank you so much for your concern! Thankfully, we found out my sister's house (which is on pilings) withstood the storm. A lot of others on pilings, just floated away. Everywhere we look around us, is just utter devastation. Somehow, someway, we escaped the worst of things. Which leaves me feeling incredibly blessed and completely humbled, at the same time. *Hugs*

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  12. I'm just happy you and yours are safe. :D Big hug!

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    1. Thanks so much Jaycee- And me too. But my heart goes out to, and my prayers are all with the families that lost loved ones in this storm! Trying to do whatever we can to help. It is going to take a long time to come back from this, that's for sure.

      Hugs back at you!

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  13. Oh, I was so worried about you and your family. I'm so glad you're okay. This was such an awful storm and I'm sending so many hugs to you and everyone in the most battered part of our state.

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    1. Hey Issy! I was worried about you too! How did you make out down your way? I remembered you live in an apartment, but I was hoping it was up on the second or third floors!

      My family and I feel so lucky/blessed to have made it through this disaster virtually unscathed. I still haven't heard back from several of my friends that live on Long Beach Island, and two that live in Seaside Park. I'm really worried because they all have pets, and they wouldn't leave their pets behind to go to shelters. Cell phone service and land lines remain down in a lot of places. Plus, many people are still without power. My sister included. And it's starting to get really cold. She is bouncing between here, my parent's house and my brother's place. My heart goes out to all of the people who have no where else to go and lost loved ones in this horrible storm.

      I'm so happy to hear from you and know that you are alright. Big Hugs!!

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    2. I came out fine- I was at my parents' house in Camden County (aka, the most unscathed county in NJ this storm) with the world's worst head cold/sinus infection/fever and they lost power only for a few hours. My apartment lost power for a few days, but beyond throwing out everything in my fridge and freezer, I made it through fine. I'm so, so worried about everyone and hope that they're okay. Especially with the nor'easter we just had! *shiver*

      *HUGS*

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  14. Being from Oregon, this disaster seems so far away. But I have a critique partner in NYC that I haven't heard from yet. My prayers are with you as you recover from this nightmare. So many decisions to be made as you find a job and clean up the mess.

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    1. Hi Karen- I'm sorry to hear about your CP in New York. Unfortunately, there are lots of friends I am still waiting to hear from. I know cell service and phones lines are still down and in a lot of places power has still not come back. It may be a while before we hear any word at all from them, and my hope is they are ok.

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  15. As all the others have said, we're just glad to hear you're okay. I know it's been a few days, so I'm hoping you've at least been able to fix most of the damage by now.

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    1. Thanks so much! We haven't even started the tree removal, (except for the smaller tree that hit the front of the house, that The Husband just picked up himself) But as for the other stuff, it will have to wait. So many of my family members and friends have trees inside their homes, or crazy water damage. Our petty problems can wait! We are helping whoever we can without power. It is getting really cold outside and their homes are just not safe to stay in. Never did I think the sound of chain saws would become so welcome or familiar!

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  16. I was wondering about you and wanted to check up. SO glad everyone is okay and the dammage was just material (but I know how hard it is to see places you know and love or grew up with dissapear in the blink of an eye). I'm so glad you and your family are okay. My CT friends and family have posted pics of much the same scene- lots of trees down and debris. My bestie and her family were basically trapped on her street because trees and lines were down on every road around her and they only got power back yesterday. I couldn't believe how bad the jersey shore got hit. Brought tears to my eyes watching the footage.

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    1. Aw, thanks Katie! Yes, it's easy for me to say about the material things, even though I know it's true, when some of my friends lost the entire contents of their homes. But honestly, the fact that they are alive is what helps me gain some perspective.

      I saw lots of pictures and heard CT got hit very hard as well. I'm sorry for your family and friends there! Having no power has really been the most difficult because it's been freezing here!! We offered our home to as many people as we could, just to give them a warm place to sleep, and a supply of hot coffee and food.

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