Sunday, November 11, 2012

Getting a leg up...

As utility teams from neighboring states and beyond pour into New Jersey, the clean up continues.  Residence are still pumping out basements, homeowners have begun to tear at sheet rock and wallboard in an attempt to ward off the growth of mold, personal possessions and home appliances have found their way to the curb.

In my hometown the local rag reports that 241 buildings took on 8 to 10 feet of water and, of these, 25 are so damaged they will probably be demolished.  In this tiny town, 300 residents from 18 streets had to be evacuated.  In comparison to some neighboring towns and our shore communities, this does not seem like a lot but, whatever the number, Sandy made quite an impression and we will be experiencing the far-reaching affects for some time to come.

As we start the new week, let's take a line from that late 60's play and let the sunshine in.  Don't forget to keep smiling!

Signs of the times...

NO ONE is permitted to enter this building...posted
on the Portuguese Fisherman restaurant.

This building is considered unsafe for human occupancy...
posted on most homes along the Causeway.
Water lines...

A water line immediately above the first line of windows (+6 ft.)
on this bay door at Eagle Tire.

The best place for bagels in town shows a water line on the
window visible just behind the American flag.
And other things noticed...

Up a tree...a single shoe hangs in a tree along
the causeway bridge where water reached
to 10 feet.

Clothing, business papers, and debris clog a storm drain.

Absolutely positively NO FISHING!

And finally...
Getting a leg up on clean up...a local shop owner
arranged these mannequins along his closed shop's front door...
a good sign his sense of humor is still in tact.

Smile!  We're still standing!


  1. oh boy ... i keep trying to focus on the good things, the small little by little improvements .. like one of our 'messengers' who had no power in his NJ home was told the soonest it would be back was Thanksgiving .. well this morning he told me they got power back on Saturday .. now that's something to make me smile!

  2. Wow, that's heavy duty flooding. I know your town will bounce back - it may take a while to rebuild, though. Hugs!

  3. This really gives new meaning to the term "storm surge." The scale of this disaster boggles the mind and takes on deeper meaning when it affects your friends and neighbors.

    Hugs from the left coast.

  4. Wow the water did some damage...glad you are Ok

  5. It's going to be a long time before things are better for New Jersey -- so much loss.


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