Thursday, November 8, 2012
STATUS UPDATE: Post Hurricane Sandy
Well, here we are on Day 11 post Hurricane Sandy. This has been a difficult week and a half to say the least.
We are still without power, however thankfully, our electrician was able to hook our furnace up to our generator, so we are no longer cold. We are still waiting for PSE&G to restore our power. Unfortunately we are among the few that have a “difficult localized situation” that has not been a high priority for the company. You see, a huge tree fell on a house trapping some live wires under it. It also pulled 2-3 telephone poles down with it, so until the wires are deemed “safe”, the tree cannot be removed. The wires cannot be repaired until the tree is removed. PSE&G needs to be there before that can happen, and as you know PSE&G have had their hands full.
While we have been patient, knowing that there were many others in worse situations, the inability to get a straight answer for when we could possibly expect power has been trying to say the least. The Nor’easter that blew through yesterday was of no help, leaving inches of snow behind and causing many more power disruptions.
The one wonderful thing that happens when these storms hit is that the community really pulls together. Amidst all the craziness, people all over have teamed up to help those in need. Organized drives, benefit concerts, shelters, and just pure humanity can bee seen everywhere. Here in my town, the owner of A Happy Stitch, Melissa, pulled together a team of people to sew fleece hats for those who lost their possessions. I was thrilled to be a part of this group!
As for my immediate neighborhood, neighbors with power are helping out neighbors without by running electrical cords across streets so those of us without power can have some light at night.
The nights are super dark, and the hum of generators takes a little getting used to. You can find generator after generator on the sides of people’s homes.
The good news is that today we are seeing the first signs of work being done. I am hopeful that we may have our power back in the upcoming days.
I am so thankful to all my friends and neighbors who have offered their help throughout the last week. And a special thank you to all of my customers who have sent their kind words and well wishes and have been extremely patient knowing I have not been able to fulfill orders.