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Everyone O.K. after Sandy?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:00 am    Post subject: Everyone O.K. after Sandy? Reply with quote

A little late to ask but certainly have been thinking of everyone here and those in the path of the hurricane, esp. Gil.

My cousin Carol in Conn. says their roof was damaged by a fallen tree, plus the power was out for several days. On top of that, some dust on their furnace (propane powered) caught on fire so they don't have heat either.

My mother's aide showed me a photo on her phone sent by her sister in Conn. A neighbor's trampoline was blown onto the telephone line, nested between the wires. I'll have to ask for that photo to post here.

Our cousin in NJ lost power too, so he had to move temporarily.

Have to e-mail and call a bunch more in the area.

The storm path originally was going right over us here in the Finger Lakes, after making the right hand turn up through Pennsylvania but by then the storm weakened and we only got some light rain. There were some strong winds before the storm made landfall but these stopped later. I looked at our neighbor's flags to check the intensity but they were gone - apparently he took them down just in case. Even the flagpole was not visible - the ball on top is there with a shorter pole -- like he just lowered it into the ground.

Today cold and back to parkas but the weather report says Sunday and Monday will be in the 60s - so more leaves can be raked.

They fixed our street, nice new asphalt and even replacing the walk to the road - they still have to pour concrete for these. There are 6 other streets being worked on so the contractor has to schedule resources.

The area between our lawns and the street was filled in with soil and then they sprayed seed and fertilizer - not sure if it will take in this weather. Some cars already made furrows in places where I raked them out later. The next day, we noticed small footprints all the way down the street and the other side. Probably the same kid who loves to run in the snow banks.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave it seems t hey had a terrible time in NewYork and New Jersey. I was in contact with Debra who was on this forum too and they were without power for two days no heat eithe but she said others nearer the coast had been hit really bad and some were without power for ages. Just last week she said it had been forecasts there was another severe storm approaching but fortunately it wasnt as bad as perdicted. Just feel I'm so lucky here, yes we grumble about the cold and the wet weather but nothing like what UAS has been getting recently
Hope you are all well
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Emmy,

Good to hear from you and that things are well there - remembering the weather you were having.

Things are still a mess in many areas down there - my cousin used to live in
Breezy Point and their old home is probably gone. After that they were in New Jersey, but now in Florida. One thing after another, but they avoided all the bad weather, except any hurricanes in the South.

My cousin in Connecticut was here for a 100th birthday for our uncle's brother - he's still doing well and there were a lot of relatives and kids there. My Dad Nick has the same birth date so he would have been 100 on Saturday.

I am glad Debra is o.k. but that her power is back on. Many are angry at the power companies for not preparing and being slow to get the electricity back on - one problem is that the homes have to be checked for any damage to the electrical circuits or also the natural gas lines. There are many homes that need to have moldy walls and floors removed to be habitable. Some homeowners were told it was cost $3000 to tear out the walls. Luckily, a group of Marines came around and quickly did the work for them.

Still have to check on other friends and relatives - any word from Gil and anyone else in the path of the storm?

Take care all,

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, Where does Carol live in Connecticut? I live on the Eastern end of the state close to the Rhode Island border, but about twenty miles from the shore. Emmy, the news has led people to believe that Sandy only caused heavy shoreline damage in New York and New Jersey, but believe me Connecticut and Rhode Island both suffered heavy shoreline damages along the ocean coast. Most of the Connecticut shoreline is along Long Island Sound and homes along that part of the state also suffered damage from high tides and storm surges.

This time I had the generator ready. My wife put the stale gas we had around the house in one of the old cars and bought about twelve gallons of fresh gas. When I was younger and healthier I'd would have bought fifteen gallons as the three cans hold five gallons each. These days we only put four gallons in the cans as it makes it easier to lift. My neighbor and friend came over a night or two before the storm was supposed to hit and got my generator running, on fresh gas, and adjusted various things he said had to be fine tuned. As it turned out the lights only flickered on and off a few times the evening before the storm hit. We were very lucky. We did lose the house telephone for a day or two

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really glad to hear you are alright, Gil. My cousin lives in Glastonbury and the wind did most of the damage there plus the flooded basement and a damaged roof.

Another friend I knew in California is from Providence (Federal Hill area - I visited once) but now she is in Cranston, and I always worry when there are storms in that area with so much coastline.

The news always pointed out the dangers in Long Island Sound with the surge coming from the winds and also from the entrance to the east.

My mother's aide told me about her relatives in Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point - old homes on rented land so it will be hard to rebuild. Flooded first floors and dozens in the third floor from the neighborhood. Then they had to go out on surfboards to collect other relatives who were stuck in isolated houses. Some homes were on fire - lots of firemen living there. I think the government should allow them to buy the land to rebuild and prevent speculators from coming in and converting it to condo land where the middle class will be shut out. All areas should be rebuilt with better protection.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Areas of Staten Island were also completely wiped out. One of my friends has a place in Westerly, Rhode Island. It is not on the water and suffered minor damage. He said that he heard that the people living along the ocean might not be given a permit to rebuild.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone should protest (from all states) so the homeowners can rebuild - it is important to keep the communities intact.

This time, every effort should be made to prevent or lessen the effects of storms, which surely will be repeated. There are things that can be done that have been proven.

I remember all the floods along the Mississippi and other rivers during the Clinton Administration - in some cases the towns had been repeatedly flooded and the government said it would be better to just move the town to a higher and safer spot, which was done in some cases.

We hope here that some of the leakage in our basements will be fixed with the new paving they put in since last month. Finally got the sidewalk to the street put in last week and the remaining asphalt in the driveway apron.

Water used to come across the street from the other side and down our driveway bringing a silt along the sidewalk all the way to our neighbor's.
This had to be swept off after every storm so no one would slip on it.

I noticed some one day and went out to clear it, and already the kids had gone through it with their bicycles. But when I got closer, there was a message written in the dark covering:
On the left - "Go to Olivia's House!" then a heart, while the right side was somewhat obscured, I could make out "I Love Ursula's Mom"

Not being sure if this message had been received, I decided to leave it alone for a while. The next day, there were several kids looking at it and when I checked later, the message had been covered. So I swept it away. Message received.

Told the city engineer about this and he had a laugh.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that your water problem will be solved with all of the work that was done recently.

As far a houses along the sea the water has taken the sand away and the shoreline is now changed. The shoreline changing is a natural thing and is happening all over the World. I think that these are the areas where they won't be allowed to rebuild. These are individual houses and not something like the City of New Orleans. It is a tough call, does the government spend all kinds of money bringing in sand to fix the shoreline or help the homeowners rebuild in another place? Some of the house on Long Island Sound, in Connecticut, were damaged last year, rebuilt and damaged again this year. I think that the water level of the sea is rising and it will be tough to fight it.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did hear or see on TV that one place spent $34 million getting the beach fixed since the other storm - this time the sand in many places was washed into the land and on the streets - it is being bulldozed back to the beach, so it is different this time in some places.

This will have to be a multipronged effort - work on the global warming (this will take time), protect the shores - maybe like the Dutch have with giant barriers that can be raised - move houses, put them on stilts etc. The electricity grid needs upgrading and the prevention of the subway and railway tunnels.


Time to bring the brainpower together to solve this.

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