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 by 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.