post ice-storm: now we know how “sandy” victims felt

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I know I am not alone. I know and accept there are hundreds of thousands of people just like me experiencing hell in Pennsylvania right now after this horrific ice storm.

I now understand completely how victims of hurricane Sandy felt.

And yet, when it happens to you, you feel all alone. I know that sounds ridiculous and babyish, and I am grateful to God in the heavens above that the damage to our home wasn’t worse than it is.

Yet still, might I just admit that I am so terribly sick of this right now? I’m trying not to be a big baby, but part of this is just really hard. I love my home and it feels like mother nature violated it.

My neighbors and I are without power still and we feel like we are living an episode of Little House on the Prairie or re-enacting O’Pioneer. On the other hand, I am grateful I have such awesome neighbors.

One of my neighbors had a tree go through the roof.

Another neighbor had to pay a tree company to get a gigantic limb from a multi hundred foot tree removed on an emergency basis yesterday, because if it dropped (and it was hanging by a thread as it was), it would have gone right through their house in the center like a giant spear.

Those of us with storm damage are already gearing up for what we know will be ahead: contractors and service providers jacking up prices after a storm event like this where a state had declared a state of emergency. It is despicable, but is the unfortunate nature of mankind and commerce meets an emergency.

PECO had our power on for a few minutes then it went out again. What we didn’t know until we found out by accident, was that every time your power goes on and then off you have to keep reporting the outages. Which is frustrating to try to do when you have limited cell phone battery and no phone service. And after sitting on hold and suffering through multiple prompts, getting a live person at the electric company who is sitting in a warm office telling you they know “exactly how you feel” is a little hard to swallow even though they are trying to be helpful.

People are are having a hard time with the electric company’s automated outage reporting system because a lot of people found that there outages weren’t reported even though they followed all the prompts and phoned it in.

Township the municipalities and counties are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of what they are dealing with. There are trees down everywhere and even the Borough of Malvern was mostly dark yesterday.

This storm for sure will be one for the record books. I hear President Obama has declared Pennsylvania a state of emergency. I hope that helps get things put right faster. Stay warm and safe. I am also hearing reports now of people who are finding that their homes are getting burglarized when they have had to leave to seek shelter and warmth .

This storm is one that will also teach you a lot about human nature. I am grateful for my friends, family, and neighbors. I am grateful I still have a roof to put over my head where so many no longer do.

But I feel so disconnected from everyone after a multi-day power outage, it is almost a surreal feeling. When I sleep I still hear the ice crashing down on my roof and the sound of tree branches and trees falling everywhere around me. Also when I sleep I dream of hot showers and the every day pleasure of watching TV.

Hope all of you out there are doing well, and I hope that this is over soon.

If you have a power outage you have not reported, or a subsequent power outage please report it. That way the electric companies have a more accurate count of who has power and who doesn’t.

I had many friends in New Jersey and that went through weeks of horrible stuff post hurricane Sandy. In some cases, months. I now totally get what they meant when they said until you have experienced something crazy like this personally, you really don’t get it.

I hope everyone has a good day and thank you for listening.

sayonara, sandy

Indian River Bridge in DE

Indian River Bridge in DE

Mind you I think the other shoe has yet to fall on many trees around here – the ground is so saturated and those winds yesterday were fierce.  I thought at times the wind sounded like a freight train.

PHOTO: ROAD TO TOWNSENDS INLET BRIDGE FROM AVALON TO SEA ISLE CITY DESTROYED.
The mandatory evacuation remains in effect. No entry to Avalon is permitted until further notice.
Photo taken Tuesday by Avalon Public Information Officer Scott Wahl.

Dewey Beach DE

We are very fortunate that we are not in DE,  NJ or NY (Long Island and NY especially).

I have friends and family in all of those places and I am glad they are safe, although many have no power.

The photos I have found here and there.

Cars swimming in the financial district of NYC post Sandy

Atlantic City, NJ

Outside my friend’s apartment in Jersey City, NJ

From Main Line Media News – death of a Penn Oak :<(

sandy storm photos – send them in for posting!

Hi there gentle readers.  I hope everyone has battened down the hatches for however Hurricane Sandy turns out?

I have a proposition for all of my readers: send me storm photos for posting.  I learned a long time ago that if you want to enact change, photos help. The photos you are CURRENTLY looking at are photos I took where I used to live in Lower Merion Township and one from Conshohocken. The snapped tree was courtesy of Irene last year.

So if you have flooding photos and you want them out there, send them to me via sandysnaps <at> spamex <dot> com

That is sandysnaps @ spamex . com – Sorry due to spammers, I will not have this as just a hyperlink to click and go.

Alternately you can tweet me at @gossipgirl19380

I am happy to attribute photos, tell me who gets credit, and *MOST* importantly give me precise locations. Or I will post photos anonymously if you live in a municipality that has shall we say, issues?

I am particulalrly interested in photos where development may be occuring or is currently occuring or has just been completed. I am also interested in areas that chronically flood and often wait until the bitter end for help to arrive.

One spot  of particular curiousity which should not be overlooked by anyone is where the Borough of Phoenixville is building their over-priced new municipal hall.  I passed it last night while in Phoenixville and thought I should defininately put that location out there as a site for good storm photos because it always floods, doesn’t it? And correct me if I am wrong, but the plans for that needlessly overpriced new borough hall doesn’t really have proper flood remediation built in, does it?  Wasn’t that the plan where the plan is put the garage underneath so everyone’s cars drown and there is lots of potential litigation from that?  Anyway, I figure a way to preserve the taxpayer investment and future costs here is to have irrefutable proof that they need a real plan or they should stop and move sites.

Phoenixville has a fun downtown at night.  They need better parking and I notice they have the parking authority people out chalking tires on a Saturday night, and truthfully, most municipalities don’t do that.  They leave it as the police can tow people from certain zones and are done with it.  But then again, people tend to question how Phoenixville spends money – they spend way too much on a manager, they spend way too much on a school superintendant – seriously for a borough barely squeaking by in any economy they pay Main Line prices.

But enough picking on Phoenixville which always floods so badly, from Tredyffrin through to West Vincent and Oxford and wherever, if you have storm photos, or storm info, send it in.   Also feel free to leave comments about where the power is out and if roads are blocked.

Hopefully Sandy will be a non-event for Chester County.

My final note is DO NOT PUT YOURSELVES IN HARM’S WAY TO SEND ME PHOTOS. 

But do document flooding and damage.  It is helpful for getting things corrected so situations do not repeat themselves. I will also take Main Line storm photos if it will help any of you out there near where I used to live.

Thanks and stay dry!