Yet another Sandy Update

I thought I was pretty much done with this, but for those of you from outside the area, I thought you might like a glimpse of what we are going through.

I work in a midsize print shop. Our 145,000 Sq ft building happened to be just below the levy the broke on the Hackensack river.

There was about 24 inches of water through out the plant. By the time they let us in the water had receded, but we are still finding water everywhere. When you pull a phone jack out of the wall - water pours out. It's a little crazy.

We are getting things up and running pretty efficiently, however I just learned that the insurance company wants us to cut away any sheet rock walls from just above the waterline down. What a mess!

Here are a few images to give you an idea

Water Line
Water Line #2
Our Tribe of Generators

I am so thankful that my dear Corinne suggested I get gas on Monday. My co-worker measured one at 6 tenths of a mile this morning.

I decided to pick up a few things at the grocery on the way home from work this morning and this is what I found.

It is entirely possible they took everything to a generator style fridge or something, but the place looked crazy - All refrigerated shelves, and freezer shelves are completely empty.

These are strange days.

Ben

 

0 thoughts on “Yet another Sandy Update

    1. Ben Nelson

      I am thinking they just took stuff in the back - because they had a lot of guys bringing stuff out pretty consistantly, but it was quiet a shock to see the place so empty.

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    2. Ben Nelson

      The think you do need to think ahead on is gas for the car. The ports were closed so even when stations get their power back on, they can only pump through what they have left in their tanks. People are driving for hours to get out of the effected zone to buy gas (seems a bit crazy, but i guess when you have to have it you have to have it. a friend was telling us today she spent 4 1/2 hours just trying to get gas the other night, and went from a 1/4 tank to empty searching and then waiting on line.

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      1. Vicki

        we always keep our gas tanks topped up.. you never know.. I can't imagine living in a city in a time of trial like this.. but its a heads up for me.. I used to have a good store of food on hand but have gotten out of the habit.. no more, I'm going back to buying a couple of extra tins each time I go shopping. doesn't take long to build up a storage..

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        1. Ben Nelson

          Yeah - i am not much of a panic-er, but they were making some practical suggestions on the news, and i am so glad we took head - we cooked a turkey and boiled some eggs so we would have stuff around we would not have to cook, and then we filled the gas tanks - now i am really glad of that one.

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  1. Debbie

    Thank you, Ben, for sharing this. It is a shock and something that I think is important for us to know about. God bless you as you continue to recover from this storm.

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  2. Caddo Veil

    Wow, Ben--the store shelves look like something from a "Twilight Zone" episode--scary! I'm so glad you've kept us apprised, as it's hard not knowing. Gateway Church (TX) sent trucks and $100,000 in aid/resources to the E. Coast this weekend--I hope that helps some, though it sounds like the losses are astronomical. Praying God continues to cover and minister to everyone. God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

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