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after Sandy

Sunday, November 04, 2012

(Yes, I know I've been terribly absent from SparkPeople. This blog is not about that.)

I live in central NJ.

I'm obviously a bit inland, and just about centered between Asbury Park (north) and Seaside (south).

The cursor is about where the new inlet is (around minute 2 of the video below).

We were without power from Monday 1pm until Saturday afternoon. Here are my updates via facebook on my phone (when I had signal and battery):

Tuesday 2pm:

Still no power (not surprised, been out for about 24 hours). Mostly wind damage here and in neighborhood. Not too much flooding here. Locally, things are quite bad. The bay moved up 5 blocks, parts of many towns are underwater. Lots of roads closed from flooding or downed trees or power lines. Lots of rescues and people trapped in second storeys of houses, etc. Very few traffic lights working and people are out trying to find ice for food. Tons of clean up in the near future.

Thursday 2pm:

Just an update. We've been without power since 1pm Monday. Not much rain here (central NJ), mostly wind damage. Lost part of our fence, tree limb collapsed boat canopy (but both boat and canopy are fine), and a bunch of brush to clear out, but nothing major. At least a dozen downed trees within a block of my house, though most have been cleared. Still downed wires blocking the end of my street. Managed to get out and get ice for fridge yesterday. 3 hours of driving later, we happened to pull into a Wawa as they got an ice delivery. (All gone in under 5 minutes.) Thankfully don't need gas (yet), as most places are out or not open, and the rest have lines of 50+ cars. Businesses are starting to open today, though. They're still doing water rescues across town from me (Brick/Mantoloking, NJ, the barrier islands). Heard both Point Pleasant and Seaside have been on the news. (I'm about halfway between the two.)

Friday 10pm:

Further update for anyone interested: Still no power. Been out about 105 hours now. Sometimes Facebook/internet works (on phone), but it's very spotty (with calls, too) and very slow, so it's still really hard to get any info (just via radio). Got more ice today, but fridge is still defrosting all over the kitchen floor and we're just about out of dry towels to sop it up with. More than half of traffic lights are working now (though only came across one out light with a cop directing traffic). About half the businesses are open. Many are generator run, and still awaiting deliveries of anything perishable. Got gas today and it took me less than 30 minutes in line, which was nice. Keep hearing/seeing Black Hawks flying over. They played the concert thing on the radio. It was weird hearing them talk about Point Pleasant and Mantoloking/Brick, since that's where I live. I heard they almost have everyone off the barrier islands in my town (Brick) now, too.

Saturday 8pm:

I finally have electricity. Woo hoo. Got home from work (first day back), and you have no idea how much I am looking forward to a hot shower! We got ice and bottled water (from Maryland) from the National Guard today. We got rid of all the bad food in fridge and freezer, so now we have butter and milk (purchased yesterday and kept on ice) and ice, lol. Yum. Oh, and a bag of (once) frozen cauliflower. And some green tomatoes from the garden, picked before Sandy could turn them into puree. We have nonperishable stuff to eat, but nothing cold. About 3/4 of traffic lights are now working, and about 2/3 of business are open. (Many gas stations are totally out of gas or with huge lines though, of course.) Many businesses are still waiting for shipments and deliveries of food/items, etc. and some are running on generators, but they're partially open. Things are slowly getting back to normal. Thanks to everyone who let me know they cared. It meant/means a lot.

This is a video of parts of my town after Sandy. To see the new inlet (and destroyed Mantoloking Bridge), go to about 1:50 in.


- Josie
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  • SWAZY33
    Glad your power came back on.
    My MIL lives in Brick right and now has bayfront property cause the homes in front of hers are gone :( The pictures of what is left of our beaches/boardwalks is so sad.
    3105 days ago
    Still no power here but we are safe!!
    3106 days ago
    Very glad to hear you're alright, and my thoughts and prayers that all will be restored to as much normalcy as possible as quickly as possible.
    3107 days ago
    I am so glad that you are alright and things are getting back to normal.
    3107 days ago
    So awful to see the damage after Sandy...Glad your alright but very sad to hear the suffering caused by Sandy.. emoticon
    3107 days ago
    I completely forgot that you lived in NJ!! I'm on Spark less and less as time passes. Actually it's more like this: I'm here every day but spend much less time here than I used to spend.
    I'm glad to hear that you are okay and that things are getting back to normal. Yay for ice, less than 30 minutes wait to get gas and BIG yay for hot showers!
    3107 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2012 12:59:41 AM
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