10-30-12 Luck

This was/is a really bad storm.  As always in these situations some were lucky/fortunate and some were not. We fall into the lucky category.  Yes, there were very high winds and much rain in NYC, but in the end the issue was the storm surge.  We live on one of the highest points on Manhattan Island.  That is luck, not planning. We had several neighborhoods we considered after Abigail was born.  If the right apartment had appeared we might be evacuated or without electricity and with severe damage in our apartment or house. Of course, even those people are lucky.  Breezy Point, 80 (eighty!) houses burned to the ground, around the city, houses collapsing, cranes collapsing, patients needing evac from a hospital… random chance where you are at what time.  If we had not had the warnings from the Government weather satellites, this could have been much worse. As it is, repairs will run into the billions of dollars and  Atlantic City, much of New Jersey, Long island, Connecticut, suffered equally.  They cannot predict when the subway system will be back, so no idea when the kids go back to school or people can go back to work. No idea when they will get the power back on in downtown Manhattan, or on parts of Staten island, Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx.

8 hours before Sandy hit land – which happened at 8pm almost exactly at high tide and with a full moon – …

I was down at the river. The tide was ebbing…

The picture below is hardly the best picture I have ever taken but it shows how far the water overflowed the banks.  The fence in the background is the fence in the previous picture.  This is easily 100 feet and again I emphasize that we had it very easy.

They have closed all the City parks until further notice , probably because of this sort of thing.

The parks are closed but that doesn’t stop us…

I, again, want to thank everyone for their concern and notes. My family and I are fine. My city is not.

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