Most of you know I live one block from the ocean on the Jersey Shore (I won't name the exact town for privacy). Sunday morning I made the decision to evacuate to my parents' who live inland in central Jersey. I begged my hubby to come, but he insisted on staying behind. Monday night the power went out here before Sandy even made landfall. As trees swayed from side to side, the sky lit up blue for hours with exploding transformers. Cell service began to get spotty. My hubby called and all I could hear was "the water is up to the stairs" and then I lost the call. He sent a text saying he shouldn't have stayed. The whole night I worried that he and the dogs wouldn't be safe. It was one of the scariest and longest nights of my entire life.
Before Sandy even made landfall, the ocean had already made it's way onto the entrance to the beach.
The next morning, I found out he and the dogs were safe. Miraculously, our apartment had no damage. Our boardwalk, like most of the boardwalks along the shore is destroyed. The beach is now flat; the dunes are gone. Even by my parents' house away from the water, it looked like a war zone. Trees down along every single road made it impossible to get around.
Flooding in Belmar, a town about 5 minutes from where I live
I was without power for 98 hours or so, from Monday night to Friday night. It's amazing how simple little tasks we on a daily basis become so difficult. My biggest worry was my cell phone dying. Without it, I couldn't talk to my husband. I am so thankful for the town of East Brunswick for opening up a local school on Wednesday afternoon. Powered by a generator, we were able to sit in a warm building, charge our phones, and feel normal again.
Mini Golf on my boardwalk before Sandy (image via):
I have not been back to my apartment yet. Power is back on, but due to the gas shortage, I have to stay here for a little bit longer. I'm just thankful I actually have a home to go back to.
My state needs your help! If you'd like to make a donation to the Red Cross to help those affected by Sandy, you can do so HERE.
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