Let me start out by finally exhaling and breathing a huge sigh of relief. The last 30 hours were very, very scary but we made it through just fine, considering all... We were prepared and just ready to get it done and over with.
Our lights flickered on and off, internet was intermittent but we never lost power. Now, I know exactly why we were spared and millions were not. All power lines are buried in my subdivision. I wish BGE & PEPCO would listen to this: we did not lose power because no trees could fall on our power lines!
Our sump pump kept pumping, we were able to call for emergency services if need be, we were connected to the outside world, our food didn't spoil, no lives were lost ...
Why in the world BGE & Co. would argue against burying power lines is beyond my comprehension. Supposedly the cost is too high. Hmm. And having to restore service to tens or hundreds of thousands multiple times a year is not? Having to request additional personnel from across the country .. tons of spoiled food .. downed & live wires that kill ... that's better?
Our home is slightly damaged but considering what could have been, it's minor really. What has us p'ed o. is the reason why our home is damaged. It was totally preventable. We are in the unfortunate position to be living next to neighbors who do not care too much about maintaining their home. Their gutter came loose during the freak Derecho Storm in June. It was never fixed. Now their gutter is wrapped around their chimney after scrapping their roof for hours and our gutter got torn off by it and is a total loss. We are hopeful that our roof is fine but will have to get somebody out to look at it.
Our neighbors also collected all sorts of debris in their yard which was graded towards our homes - not a good combination. Hubby and I had to go out in the thick of Sandy and dig a trench so water could flow away and not flood my basement. We succeeded. But having to do that in the first place and having to put ourselves in danger because of their neglect just stinks. I can't get myself to look at my torn up back-yard just yet. We'll deal with that mess after Halloween. Those are the "joys" of owning a townhouse....
Just as Sandy was beginning to show her ugly face, the winds were whipping the trees around and the rain was coming down in sheets.. I spotted our mail lady. I could not believe it. Schools were closed. Stores were closed. Government offices were closed. The Governor even sent out a warning 'to stay indoors and be safe' but the U.S.P.S. was out and about delivering mail! That just blew my mind! I grabbed some hot coffee and M & M's and braved the storm to greet our mail lady... I hope she made it home OK!
I'm now cautiously optimistic that Halloween is actually going to happen! Considering all the drama, destruction and loss of life it may seem a bit odd to be thinking about trick or treating. But my girls are going stir crazy. They need to get out. They also need to be reassured that it's OK to be excited and happy.
Last but not least, I cannot wait to see the SUN! Supposedly sometime tomorrow we'll catch a glimpse of her again.
I hope you all are doing well and weathered the Superstorm as best as you could. My thoughts are with all who had to evacuate, lost homes or loved ones. I wish you all the strenght, love and support in the world.