Skip to comments.Report from front lines in New Jersey (from a 1%-er friend)
Posted on 11/02/2012 1:17:34 PM PDT by pabianice
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:31:37 -0700 We were very, very lucky.
The fact that all the water in our basement ran into the big pit (now fondly referred to as the lap pool) saved us. It kept the water level lower in our basement than in most of our neighbors.
So our plumber this morning was able to clean out the gas regulator and used nitrogen to dry out the burners and other parts. And was able to restart both the water heater and the steam boiler.
The house is now hot and I had a warm shower - my first since monday morning.
Half of Jersey City is still without power. Some nearby homes also lost gas so couldn't even cook.
As you walk in the neighborhood, there are so many streets where the garden apartment got severely flooded -sometimes only one foot from the ceiling. Imagine that Norm and I had an apartment where we have our kitchen / dining room and that it had totally flooded.
Sanitation department started collections on Wednesday night, coming up the streets with flashlights, just to start the pickup of all the debris.
Many of our neighbors on our block have to replace boilers / water heaters. The blocks closer to the river got flooded into their first floor.
All the cars on the street from the River up to City Hall (1 1/2 blocks from my house) got filled with water to the top of most steering wheels so they have been totalled. That includes the open air parking lot on that street where we almost parked because we were concerned about falling trees. That lot is quite elevated compared to the street - maybe 2 or 3 feet - but those cars got flooded also.
The PATH tunnels have five miles of water from the WTC to our Grove Street Station and the Hoboken Terminal so probably into NYC also. The seawater will have ruined the circuits and other infra structure. So this is much worse than after 9/11 when the water at the World Trade area started rushing into the tunnel in NY but the sand bags kept if from coming into the stations on our side. So the PATH from our Grove Street Station into 33rd Street was able to start running the very next day. I think we will be without PATH service into NY for MONTHS!
Norm is working from home today to conserve gas. Thank goodness we have a Prius because his commute yesterday used very little gas.
Norm's siblings are still without power on Long Island and another may be stranded in her brand-new coop apartment in Great Neck because she has no cell service yet so we don't know what's up. We do know that her apartment is on an inlet of water on the north shore of long island, with a marina where they park her father-in-law's boat) and that whole area would have been subjected to 13 foot flood surge on Monday night - which they reported happened at King's Point, the neighboring community.
Our friend in Hoboken did not get flooded but is still without power so they headed to a ski house in upstate NY where the power was restored on Wednesday. Northeast Pennsylvania (where we have our small ski house) got enough rain and wind to down trees and bring down power for 24 hours.
Our friend on Wall Street in lower Manhattan will hopefully get power today but has been walking up and down 8 floors to walk to work, a life saver. Hope that the storage unit in the basement didn't get flooded. That's where they have been putting all of her daughter's engagement and bridal shower presents.
We haven't heard anything about a friend's son. They live downtown in a high rise. Probably no power or cell phone so we don't know anything yet.
And I cannot contact another friend who lives in an area that got flooded during Hurricane Irene's 2 1/2 foot surge so she must be trapped in her upstairs apartment given the 13 foot surge.
P.S. Just heard an annoucement on tv that ALL of Manhattan will have power restored by midnight tonight. Wish they would give us similar announcements for Jersey City.
So glad you are safe! Prayers for you and everyone impacted by the storm.
Bloomberg needs to have his butt kicked.
Dittos x 10.
May all be safe. Our heartfelt prayers are with all on the East coast impacted by this nasty storm.