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    yes indeed.
    there are good people everywhere.
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffnev View Post
    This experience has really renewed our feeling that most people are really good people.

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    Well, we all made it thru Superstorm Sandy. Had no power for 13 days......missed 5 days of work. Drove to Mass to get a generator since there was not one to be found here. Then of coure we had the nor'easter come by, dropping snow on us....whats next, locust...lol...key largo next month can't come fast enough.

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    glad you survived the storms. also too, terrific that you were able to make it to MA for a generator.

    enjoy key largo

    Quote Originally Posted by hvy747 View Post
    Well, we all made it thru Superstorm Sandy. Had no power for 13 days......missed 5 days of work. Drove to Mass to get a generator since there was not one to be found here. Then of coure we had the nor'easter come by, dropping snow on us....whats next, locust...lol...key largo next month can't come fast enough.

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    Well folks...we are finally back home in NJ! Our 8 day stay in Aruba turned into 14!! Just got internet back in our house last nite so I wasn't able to write before this. At work now but busy busy busy! Our house is fine, only lost 2 refrigerators of food...but so many of my friends are homeless! Its so sad! My BFF being one of them. She lost everything, literally! Her house is still standing but thats all. My husband will be gutting it as soon as the contamination team is finished on Sunday! Driving around our town was so emotional, just seeing everyones lives now curbside! Boats up against restaurants, in the streets...just everywhere! The next shore town south of us is totally destroyed as well as the 5 or 6 following it. National guards at every entry point (which there was only 2, now 1) won't let anyone go to their homes without an escort and you must show proof of ownership, etc. They have improved on that w/i the past couple of days and are now allowing bus loads of residents but only for 1 hour and you can only take 1 or 2 suitcases of stuff out of your homes. I could go on and on but its still too emotional...I'm surrounded by it as my office is in Point Pleasant Beach. Can't even think about doing a trip report yet but will start jotting stuff down and when things calm down here I will type it up!

    Big Thanks to crews from Alabama and Oklahoma who are here trying to restore the power! Every truck that passes by is from both of those states!!! My husband and I stopped to talk to one crew the other night and I just kept thanking them ;o)

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    wow
    you were so blessed.......just food being ruined.

    good luck to all of you and your neighbors
    Quote Originally Posted by elisabeth_nj View Post
    Well folks...we are finally back home in NJ! Our 8 day stay in Aruba turned into 14!! Just got internet back in our house last nite so I wasn't able to write before this. At work now but busy busy busy! Our house is fine, only lost 2 refrigerators of food...but so many of my friends are homeless! Its so sad! My BFF being one of them. She lost everything, literally! Her house is still standing but thats all. My husband will be gutting it as soon as the contamination team is finished on Sunday! Driving around our town was so emotional, just seeing everyones lives now curbside! Boats up against restaurants, in the streets...just everywhere! The next shore town south of us is totally destroyed as well as the 5 or 6 following it. National guards at every entry point (which there was only 2, now 1) won't let anyone go to their homes without an escort and you must show proof of ownership, etc. They have improved on that w/i the past couple of days and are now allowing bus loads of residents but only for 1 hour and you can only take 1 or 2 suitcases of stuff out of your homes. I could go on and on but its still too emotional...I'm surrounded by it as my office is in Point Pleasant Beach. Can't even think about doing a trip report yet but will start jotting stuff down and when things calm down here I will type it up!

    Big Thanks to crews from Alabama and Oklahoma who are here trying to restore the power! Every truck that passes by is from both of those states!!! My husband and I stopped to talk to one crew the other night and I just kept thanking them ;o)

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    Housing is going to be the biggest issue. My brother has many friends and co-workers who are homeless.

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    Sometimes good thing come out of bad occurrences?

    Two acquaintances of my brother who lost their home one town north of Seaside Heights, including all of their possessions, have obtained jobs as well as a VERY affordable place to stay in Aruba for the next 6 months.

    They will be able to save a bit of cash and move back to the Jersey shore in time for the summer tourist season.

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    Thumbs up an update from Long Island NY

    hi everybody just wanted to give an update on sandy and our recovery. I moved into my current home may 2012 a house on the great south bay Lindenhurst ny; my previous house got destroyed in hurricane Irene in august 2011. I love the ocean and couldn't move away from this lifestyle, just like many of you cant get enough of aruba. This past September we vacationed in aruba as a reward to ourselves for what we had been through (hurricane irene)and where we had come. The trip was great!!! Back to reality for us.
    Oct.29
    Sandy came to our brand new house tonight... we weren't their. Our fire dept had just rescued us with a high water vehicle, the street already was waist deep. We took our two dogsand left for safety leaving behind my 3 pet chickens(on top of a bathroom counter)... we came back to total destruction, again...just 14 months apart from Irene...
    5' of water came rushing through my property, 3' in my house... damage is so extensive and widespread this time around. My chickens didn't survive, i never thought the water would get so high.. fences down, boat of its trailer, everything either missing or ruined..

    We have a long road ahead...our reward for this round of recovery...I'm already planning Aruba for September 2013... hopefully we can make Aruba a yearly tradition... minus the hurricanes of course
    Ps... thanks to these forums i know that Aruba bob snorkeling at mangel halto will definitely be a stop on our next trip.

    Sandy...our story

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    tragic
    where do you stand now with renovation? or restoration? rebuilding?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikevickie View Post
    hi everybody just wanted to give an update on sandy and our recovery. I moved into my current home may 2012 a house on the great south bay Lindenhurst ny; my previous house got destroyed in hurricane Irene in august 2011. I love the ocean and couldn't move away from this lifestyle, just like many of you cant get enough of aruba. This past September we vacationed in aruba as a reward to ourselves for what we had been through (hurricane irene)and where we had come. The trip was great!!! Back to reality for us.
    Oct.29
    Sandy came to our brand new house tonight... we weren't their. Our fire dept had just rescued us with a high water vehicle, the street already was waist deep. We took our two dogsand left for safety leaving behind my 3 pet chickens(on top of a bathroom counter)... we came back to total destruction, again...just 14 months apart from Irene...
    5' of water came rushing through my property, 3' in my house... damage is so extensive and widespread this time around. My chickens didn't survive, i never thought the water would get so high.. fences down, boat of its trailer, everything either missing or ruined..

    We have a long road ahead...our reward for this round of recovery...I'm already planning Aruba for September 2013... hopefully we can make Aruba a yearly tradition... minus the hurricanes of course
    Ps... thanks to these forums i know that Aruba bob snorkeling at mangel halto will definitely be a stop on our next trip.

    Sandy...our story

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    We had the house gutted,rewired electric, de contaminated our structure, put up sheetrock, and painted...thats it for now. Its over 2 months since the storm hit and we had no choice but to come back home whether or not the home was ready for us.
    Lack of $,sub floor holding moisture, uncertainty of FEMA and their help... all are factors that have stopped us for now. We still need to finish flooring, kitchen cabinets, interior doors, trim work, etc...
    It could've been worse, a house just 4 over from us washed away...many others are condemned...
    We are going to continue to rebuild our home and our community...

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