It's the day after Hurricane Sandy, and here in Boston, we fared pretty well. My roommates and I were lucky enough to ride out the storm in our apartment without even experiencing a power outage. But for many people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the same isn't true. These areas will be dealing with the aftermath in the form of downed trees, power outages and flooding for the next few weeks at least.
I was shocked when I found out that the storm was powerful enough to knock the New York City subway out of commission.
I got a call from my mom earlier today, and I'm happy to report that my parents and dog in Connecticut got through the storm unscathed. The backyard and basement are a different story, however. My parents said that they're contending with two fallen trees in the yard and nearly a foot of water in the basement.
They first have to wait until they get power back, but it's safe to say that they'll be switching out their whole house humidifier for the shop-vac for a while. People up and down the East Coast are contending with this kind of flooding, which can cause mold and other damage long term.
Mostly, though, they're thankful that everyone they know made it through the storm in one piece. A little damage to the house is preferable to the loss of life and injury that were had by some.
Hopefully all of the areas that were seriously affected by this storm are able to get back on their feet without too much trouble, thanks to the efforts of friends and neighbors.