Post by funkybuttlovin on Oct 30, 2012 11:43:50 GMT -5
Two middle school kids from my hometown in NY died last night after a tree fell on their families home and crushed them. Our town has a big heart and will rally around this family. It really puts things into perspective and I hope superstorms like these don't become the norm.
Having survived Katrina and Isaac, it is pretty strange to be on the other side of the coin now with all of you fine people in distress. We watched the news for a few hours last night, but it brings up too many stressful memories. I can only hope that everyone stays calm and safe, and that everyone prepared accordingly. I can attest that you will survive no power, even if it's for over a week. You may even get to know your neighbors a lot better. There are bright sides to these things, they are just few and far between.
For a storm that didn't rain a whole lot that was pretty ridiculous, tbh.
The FDR drive was under water. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. Here's a picture further South than I saw, where the flooding was worse, but for those that don't know the FDR Drive is a highway on the Eastern coast of Manhattan (the entire length, N-S) that normally looks like this:
Sunday night it looked like this:
No one I know had bad damage in the city, but I know a lot of people weren't that lucky. There was unprecendented flooding in Manhattan and a lot of stuff was destroyed. I can't even imagine how long it'll take to pump out the subway system in southern Manhattan, some stops were flooded floor-to-ceiling.
I'm happy everyone made it through safe, and to Jimmy & Funky I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbors. I've had storms do things like that to my neighborhood growing up, so I know how hard stuff like that can be. Feel better.
Here in RI the worst damage was done on the coast with a storm surge that was unprecedented since the devastating hurricane of '38 (it was before they gave them names) which was massive and came right up Narragansett Bay. Of course there are many trees down and power outages but compared to what others have incurred it is not bad at all. Good vibes being sent to all who have suffered so much.
We're in NC and are usually in hurricane central. I'm from Long Island so watching all of the destruction on the island and in the city is heartbreaking. The shots of the FDR and Jones Beach are gruesoeme. Hang in there all of you and let us know if we can help.
This was set up by a friend of a friend, and I can verify donations are going directly towards buying coats/gloves/blankets/food/water/etc. for the people in Rockaway Beach and other areas of Queens which were destroyed by the storm. I know people have reservations about donating to stuff like this for fear the $ will never reach it's destination, but I can assure you this is not the case here.
I've donated, and thank you LLL for pushing me to find something like this so others can pitch in if they have some spare $. I understand not everyone can donate, but I thought I'd do my city the favor of at least passing along information if people do feel inclined to pitch in. Big or small, every little bit helps.
I hope the jubilation/outrage surrounding the POTUS election doesn't erase people's memory of what happened last week.
Thanks everyone, for your well wishes and donations. The recovery is well on its way, but it's got a long road ahead in many areas of the city, Long Island and NJ.
I was thinking about Bonzai too- why hasn't she been around?
This. Bandeto and I couldn't get home until the 31st, but we got home! Bandeto had to fly into Philly because JFK was so backed up. But we both made it. A big thanks going to karosko for putting us up! (Many others offered as well, Custeph, Zen, DayTripper, WellBalancedMusic.. thank you to you too!) As mentioned elsewhere, my area was ok. I had no power until late evening on the 31st, but that's it. Friends told me that it was windy, but barely even rained. Thank you for thinking of me!
So I'm working with people up here in New England coordinating the Occupy Sandy efforts, trying to deliver items and raising money to get stuff to NYC from this area. There are a lot of good people doing a lot of good things in the face of this tragedy, and oddly enough there are some areas which OWS has picked up the slack tremendously where FEMA and the Red Cross have been limited to non-existent.
I've volunteered to drive a van to Brooklyn or the Rockaways, where the collection centers and distribution hubs are, on a weekend. But donations have been pouring down to the city faster than anticipated - and I so far haven't needed to do anything on that front. Boston and Maine have been driving huge trucks to the city a couple times a week now. Pretty impressive.
the summer before i went to college, my town flooded. my house had water in it up to our knees and my mom had to move out into an apt and gut the whole house from the middle down. a little thing compared to what some people are going through but i know to a small degree how much it sucks.