This week has been one crazy week for my family. As you are aware, we were really affected by Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy, and all I can say is that she left some serious damage.
But first, I would like to thank everyone for all the prayers that was sent my family’s way, I swear we could feel them surround and protect my family. Also, thanks to Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama, she was really encouraging and calming during this event, as well as trying to keep me calm so I do not have a storm baby.
Now as for my family that was in the evacuation zone A, all I can say is, I know they will not do that again.
When the tide came up between 7 and 8pm, all that water went over the bay and into the streets. My family’s home is on the tip of the island, and is surrounded by water on 3 sides, so there was no way they were not going to be affected.
They called me when it was happening, and the water at the time was over 5 feet tall in front of their home, and slowly leaking into their home.
The only thing I could tell them to do in a calm voice is grab the food and the then the animals and get to the second floor and wait it out. Meanwhile, I was so worried and angry at the same time that they put themselves in that situation.
The only thing that I kept thinking about was the water getting higher while they had nowhere to go. I’m glad that the water did not get any higher than that.
The damage to their home is obvious. They had a SUV in the driveway, that floated, than sank as water filled inside. That car is now dead.
Inside their home, the water rose to about belly level for me, so it’s going to be a long recovery.
Here’s some pictures (if you look closely through all the pictures, you’ll see there is a brown line throughout the first floor, that is how high the water got):
There is more damage, but I think you get the picture.
Even though Sandy did a lot of damage to my family’s home, I’m thankful for the following:
- They made it out of there safely with their lives even if their first floor makes their place unlivable.
- They have flood insurance, so they can rebuild.
- Their car is covered, so they are not limited.
- My home was unaffected by the storm, and they have somewhere to go.
- I did not have a storm baby.
One thing that I did take away from all of this was that no matter how tight we try to hold onto our possessions, at some point they will slip through our fingers like sand. Things will come and go, but lives and family means so much more.
As for my family that stayed, I believe that they learned their lesson to never do something like this again, and to leave when they are supposed to leave. After 4 sides of the family worrying about my mother, sister, brother and grandmother, I’m sure they heard it all.
One funny thing that my brother said about this was:
“There are 3 college degrees in this house, one Masters of Science, and no common sense.”