Tags: hurricane



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:


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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The rivers around NJ are still rising and there are more and more flooding problems. I heard that if you basement was filled with 4 feet of water, it will cost approximately $50,000 to fix it - and a lot of these homes don't have flood insurance cause these parts of NJ don't normally flood.

Ok - Dave's brother's wife's sister (Rosalie) had over 6 feet of water in her basement in Scotch Plains, NJ and everything is ruined. Her basement had been really nice - I have been there for a party. It had a tv, couch, bar, toy area - all gone. Dave's cousin and her family in Wyckoff, NJ have been out of power for 4 days. Kelly from roxydoll ubb days (remember her?) is in Wallington, NJ and posted pictures of her backyard - it's about 5 feet of water - you can't see any fences - just the posts.

Dave just sent me this picture of Fair Lawn, NJ (where he works) near River Road and Rt 20 - the middle school is in the background:

This is the mall closest to my house (there are about 10 malls all within a 10 mile radius, but this is technically one of the closest - Willowbrook in Wayne, NJ)

Really no word as of yet about our shore house in LBI. Either it's there and fine or very wet. Ya know that restaurant Daddy O that Dave and I like?

This is Daddy O now:

I don't know where on LBI this was taken, but my house is on a street that looks like this - very close to the bay and very close to the ocean:

And about 3 miles from my LBI house in Holgate, also on the island, this old 1960s car washed up on the beach after Irene:

We will probably go down this weekend and see if we have water damage. I'm feeling either way about it - awesome if we don't, if we do, we have flood insurance and I'm just glad none of us were hurt. I'm also super thankful that our primary home is fine and we are all safe. I'm back at work, and my commute is fine (no alternate routes) and everything is good. Yey!

Knitting news! I finished the hat for Hayden last night:

Two other people also finished my hat pattern recently, so I thought I would share:

Completely random, but you all know how I love interesting dishes and china patterns? I love these two from Echo Design. Want!

That's all for now - back to work!