Pay it Forward - Helping a Neighbor In the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956

Hurricane Irene left its mark on most of us along the eastern coast.  Some of us were hit harder than others and the lucky one's amongst us were not hit at all.

Parts of Rockland County NY were under 4 feet of water and occupants needed to be evacuated byDowned Tree rowboats.  Other areas were more effected by the winds and the fallen trees.  Three days after the storm there are still many areas in the county that are without power.

I guess I can count myself one of the very lucky ones.  No water damage on my block at all.  Some tree damage, but not to my home.  A short power outage of just over an hour - but no more.  That left me in the enviable position of being available to help some of my neighbors, friends, and relatives weather "their" storm.

My neighbor across the street had a tree fall across their driveway and it took down the overhead power line with it.  It was early on in the storm and Orange & Rockland Utilites was there almost immediately to take care of the downed "live" wire.  The wires, though not "live" anymore are still down and the tree is still blocking their driveway but thankfully power was restored within an hour or two of the incident and no-one got hurt.  They are however stuck without a car until they can get a tree guy to come clear the tree off their drive and sadly, there are too many other real emergency and danger situations that need to take precedence with these guys.

My family and I have been doing our part to pay it forward for having made it through the storm unscathed.  We've been making ourselves available to run their errands and chauffeur them to wherever necessary.  It's our small way of showing thanks for our good fortune.

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Gwen Banta
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I am happy to hear you are safe, Lora - you deserve the blessings you so readily pass on to others!

Aug 31, 2011 03:49 PM #1
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
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Gwen  -  Thanks for your concern and even more thankful that we're all just fine.

Aug 31, 2011 04:05 PM #2
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Praful Thakkar
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We are lucky in MA - we did not get the worst of IRENE. Helping neighbor is perhaps the best pay it forward.

Aug 31, 2011 04:05 PM #3
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Praful - So glad you're all OK.  I think upstate in NY got hit  worse than we did, as did Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Aug 31, 2011 04:06 PM #4
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Andrea Swiedler
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Leah, I am glad to hear you are ok. Helping neighbors out is the natural thing to do!

Sep 01, 2011 12:03 AM #5
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Cal Yoder
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Good for you Leah. Having a good neighbor like you is such a blessing. I know from my own experience that having neighbors like you have helped me immensely.

Cal

Sep 01, 2011 03:37 AM #6
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Andrea - Helping neighbors becomes more and more a critical part of life when you live in a rural setting.

Cal - Thanks for the complement, Cal.  I feel blessed with good neighbors as well.

Sep 01, 2011 12:15 PM #7
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Debbie Atwood
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I'm really glad that you and yours remained safe during the hurricaine.  Here on the West Coast, we were watching and praying for all of you.

Sep 01, 2011 02:42 PM #8
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Debbie - Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.  I am so very thankful and consider myself very fortunate that we got away without any damage.  Some others from my office didn't fare as well.   The home of one of our agents was totally inundated with floodwater and everything in her basement and on her first level of living space had to be trashed.  Her cars were wiped out as well.  We're all trying to help her in any way that we can to get it all back together.

Sep 01, 2011 03:14 PM #9
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Karen Bernetti
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What a heartwarming story of a neighbor helping a neighbor.  Sometimes it takes events like these to restore our faith in humanity.  

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Leah, there are many stories similar to yours. If we ddin't get hurt, then give a few moments of relief to someone that did. Well done, and good fortune to you for being spared.

Sep 02, 2011 03:11 PM #11
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Lived in New York and were hit by Gloria.  Lived in Florida and were hit by many tropical storms and although we prepared for two hurricanes we were never directly affected. I feel the pain of many who are now facing rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.  Glad you are all safe and you can help those who have sustained damage.

Sep 02, 2011 06:15 PM #12
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Karen - Disasters have a way of getting us all to rally around each other.  I'm just fortunate to live on a block where it's commonplace all the time.

Ed -  We were very lucky to be spared any damage.  The damage suffered in other parts of the community was devastating.  I feel that the least we can do is reach out to those that weren't as fortunate.

Anja- So glad you didn't suffer the devastation of the FLorida hurricanes.  I'm so glad it's over with and that most everyone is safe.

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