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11.12.12

I posted lots of pictures of facebook and don't really feel like posting a lot anymore, but sadly, Hurricane Sandy wiped out the LBI house. We had 41" of standing water outside, and 21" inside the house. It is all drained now and everything on the first floor of the house is ruined.

As we saw the house yesterday:

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Here is a picture from summer 2011, before the new floor was put into the living room:

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Every bed, sheet, mattress, dresser, chair, table, lamp, flooring, electrical outlet, baseboard heating, etc etc etc is ruined. We had to throw out all of the contents of the shed - bikes, boogie boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, toys, coolers and everything else.

The house will be gutted and thrown out in the near future -we are just trying to coordinate everything and all of the work. We brought home some things that we were able to save, and they all fit in one large plastic bin - my grandfather's oil paintings of the beaches, some embroidery my mom did, my sea glass collection that I have been saving for years, a lighthouse lamp that was up high, the little wooden giraffe in my room, and a couple of other paintings/wall hangings. Everything else? Gone.

I started to make an amazon wishlist to catalog/organize the things that were ruined that need to be replaced (this is not a plea for gifts - it's my list to just show the weird strange things that get ruined in this type of situation.) So crazy.

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jazzercat
Nov. 13th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Hey Alex, I'm so sorry to hear about your LBI home being destroyed. Hurricane Sandy was an awful disaster that destroyed so many homes. Unfortunately, I know a lot of people that were affected and I'm sorry to hear that you were one of them. I'll keep you in my thoughts, and I hope that the cleanup is as easy as possible.
jesstorious
Nov. 13th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
How devastating, so sorry to hear this!
lilsurferbaby
Nov. 13th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
On my goodness, how aweful. So sorry to hear about that. Sending blessings your way.
chicklebird
Nov. 16th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
that's so sad :( i saw the pictures on facebook, i couldn't believe how high the water got in some places in the house

i was wondering (thankfully i've never been in a flood situation, especially not with salt water so i hope this isn't a stupid question) but why do things like gates and beach chairs and boogie boards need to be thrown away? did the force of the water break them? is it rust? i was confused bc something like a boogie board is made to go in the ocean right?
starlit12
Nov. 16th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing! But, now I see it.

Since everything was sitting in water for x amount of time (No one knows how long - no one was allowed on the island since it was an "emergency zone"), things just rotted, or deteriorated, or molded.

The boogie boards were saturated -the foam would them like, crumble as you touched it. The beach chairs had moldy seats and rusted metal legs.

Some things may actually be ok. For insurance purposes, the insurance agent was all "this is all ruined," but the table that holds the tv in the living room, the 3-leaf table (not in picture) is an antique and was my grandmother's - those might be ok. The wooden legs did not totally rot - they might be able to be dried and cleaned and not totally ruined.

Sofa, chairs, metal chairs in the kitchen, metal table, kitchen cabinets, etc, all ruined. The moisture locked in, spread, and then it all molded and/or rusted.

All of the walls and flooring needs to be ripped out since once the water gets behind the walls, mold can grow in the interior and that's really bad. It needs to be gutted and dried (or completely knocked down and rebuilt, depending if there is other structural damage.) We are having an engineer come look at it in the near future, but we don't quite know when.

And, this is 2.5 hours away from our house at home, so we can't always be down there. Currently, all of the furniture is still sitting in the wet house, and no doubt, growing more mold. :(
chicklebird
Nov. 16th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
i never thought about something being water logged and basically crumbling, hope you didn't take my question wrong, i'm a curious girl, i'm like a toddler, i get a question in my head and i desperately need to ask someone, at least i'm always learning lol
starlit12
Nov. 17th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh,not at all! I had always wondered the same things. And the pictures that I have, not everything looks damaged, but it isn't until you see it, smell it or touch it that you really realize that it is all ruined. So strange. Normally, the news shows pictures of homes that have actually crumbled or are covered with black mold on the walls. (Although, since our house has still not been emptied or ripped, maybe in the next week or so when we get to do so, there will be black mold! Yuck.)

I'll post more pictures of the entire process as time goes on...this is going to be a busy year! ha.
chicklebird
Nov. 17th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
i hope you don't have to mess with that mold, it's dangerous stuff airborne or on the skin, wear a mask!
unsentmail
Dec. 5th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
That's awful. I'm so sorry!

Edited at 2012-12-05 03:16 pm (UTC)
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