What Are Your Memories Of “Superstorm Sandy”? UPDATED


UPDATE: NJTV is running a special edition of NJ Today: “Superstorm Sandy, One Year Later”  tonight at 6pm.

What are your thoughts today, as you remember the historic storm that flooded the New Jersey coast one year ago, and knocked out power for millions…for weeks on end? What stories are you still telling? What images come to mind? Long gas lines, trees blocking roads, neighbors helping each other, so many people working from home, restaurants, and the library?

How are our local institutions dealing with the anniversary? NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free rides on its A and R trains. Do you know of any Sandy commemorations in workplaces, schools, local businesses, or places of worship?

What’s your opinion of NJ Sandy recovery? Has it helped as much as possible? What do you think of Governor Christie’s “Stronger Than The Storm” campaign?

Finally, take our poll: Are you better prepared for future disasters?

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  1. Probably seeing the extreme generosity of the greater area. Sadly while many kept their spirits up a good portion of morale began to deteriorate once week two of no power set in.

  2. The recovery effort for secondary homeowners down the shore is an absolute disgrace. Christie, FEMA, and all local officials should be embarrassed. FEMA’s inept handling of the situation, red tape bureaucracy, combined with their incorrect and premature new flood maps, have left homeowners with a second home down the shore in a living hell.

    We are fortunate enough to have not had a mortgage on our house that was flooded. However, for anyone who has, FEMA and the banks have forced everyone to raise their home – with municipalities refusing to issue a new Certificate of Occupancy on the house unless it is raised to FEMA’s new willy-nilly regulations. This has forced many of our neighbors into short sales and foreclosures. FEMA won’t disperse money until house-raising work has started, and impatient banks have forced many owners into a state of foreclosure over the damaged assets, with owner’s unable to come up with the cash needed to start work.

    The real kicker is the by the new FEMA flood maps, we would only need to raise our house 20″. Ironically, we had 3 feet of water in the house. Spending $100,000 or more to raise the house to the new FEMA maps wouldn’t even raise the house high enough to protect it from a similar flood!

    Of about 30 houses on our lagoon, only 2 were occupied this summer. A few were demolished, and the rest sat empty. The shore is built of people who own a second home – and those secondary homeowners have been left to the gallows by FEMA and Chris Christie. He can sit on the boardwalk all he wants in front of cameras and pledge how the shore is “back,” but for the rest of us, we’re not back to anywhere. We’re left with gutted homes, unimaginable government bureaucracy, and an uncertain future.

  3. I remember feeling guilty because I had absolutely no problems while so many were without power for so long and many suffered in home flooding. I even had a near full tank of gas in my car by sheer luck.

  4. We were without power for six days; it was tough.

    The two things that stand out most for me are the generosity of friends inviting us to stay with them (we ended up doing that) and the Montclair Public Library. We spent a lot of time
    at the library, reading, charging phones, and using their computers. The place was packed and it confirmed what I already knew and believed: public libraries are essential!

    Gail Prusslin

  5. Yes I remember a lot of wonderful help, especially the Library’s stellar efforts; I remember waiting on the GSP near Bellevue for an hour to buy gas at 5:30 a.m.; but I also remember the second year in a row with power out for over a week, just because an idiot on the next block refuses to cut down the rotting branches on an overgrown tree — and because PSE&G won’t spend a little bit to cut the sagging branches right over their line. I do hope everyone remembers the Library when they think of end-of-the year charitable contributions!

  6. Perhaps we should not focus on the “memories” but rather on comparisons with the world’s elsewheres. NJ congratulates itself, for example, on surviving a one-time event of the sort which seems to hit poor Haiti yearly. We did without power for a week, yes. But those Haitians do without so much more and for years on end.

    Really,too, the anniversary of the “superstorm” should also be occasion to note that the damage down the shore was so much worse because of NJ’s long-time policy of foolishly building on barrier islands. But to date there’s been very little serious discussion of the final wisdom of “restoring” the shore. Instead there’s a rush to rebuild. (Albeit with a new-found dependence on stilts for homes.) And lots of political posturing. It’s understandable, yes, but still perhaps not the wisest course of action.

  7. Sandy certainly was memorable. We have a bit of PTSD because the time of year is so distinctive–the fading light, temperatures heading toward freezing, the zombies…

  8. “I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say, not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.” – Chris Matthews, November 7, 2012 :O

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