So basically our storm experience was that many of the old trees around our property came down, domino style, with one big old tree belonging to our neighbors falling and starting a sort of chain reaction that led to 6 trees in our backyard, and a 75ish footer actually on our roof. We didn't flood since we are, thank God, far above the flood table, and we never really lost power. The roof ended up with about 6 puncture holes from the tree that hit it, and of course we have tons and tons of lumber to clean up. The Nor'Easter that blew in the following week did manage to get some snow in the roof holes, but the water damage wasn't too bad.
If I seem stilted in the writing of this it's that I can't put much of a spin on it- this thing sucked, you guys. My Mom's house had 6 feet of water in the main living space. My brother's rental house is likely condemned. Two of my cousins are gutting entire floors of their homes. Many businesses in our town were destroyed and many people are still without power and heat since they have to be re-wired due to the water in basements where their junction boxes and heating equipment were.
Our own small inconveniences (the subways were closed and Gavin walked into Manhattan over the bridge to get to work, we weren't able to get gas for our car until three weeks post storm, etc.) pale in comparison to those who lost homes, lost livelihoods, lost family. But all of it combined to create the surreal atmosphere of actually walking around a literal disaster area, and the feeling of vulnerability to your basic sense of security that comes with that.
The lighter notes- we got most of our damage dealt with already. The roof has been patched and looks as good as new. We had to go the cheap route for the clean-up, since insurance doesn't cover removing debris (!), but the trees have been chopped up and stacked in the backyard for later disposal (some for our fire pit, some to help heat my mom's house, some to ultimately be chipped for mulch when we tackle the yard).
We've begun regaining some of the pre-storm momentum, and lots of work has been done this week in the (probably naive, but tis the Season, yes?) hope that we can still be moved in by Christmas.
Our main issue now is that the gas company is so inundated with issues from the storm that getting them to deal with us has been a challenge. I'm ready to send them pictures of our kids looking into the camera with sad eyes at this point (maybe with a c-note in envelope) to get our gas turned on. Heat! Hot Water! MAKE IT SO!!
So we'll see. Cautiously optimistic. I'll post a far more shiny happy blog next week...Spoiler Alert: Our FLOORS ARE GETTING DONE!!
Anywho, here's a Sandy photo- montage:
|That big tree on top of the house? Yeah, it's literally on TOP of the house.|
|View from the master bedroom|
|This is usually our driveway...|
|Fitz and Fitz Fine Lumber Inc.|