Saturday, November 17, 2012

Super Storm Sandy New Jersey

We got hit by Sandy and almost got crushed.

My halloween decorations at my doorway Oct 25
I've been a little overwhelmed lately so haven't had a chance to update this blog.  Also all my electronics are scattered between the house and temp housing so it is difficult to find everything you need. Below are pics of the damage.

I was really getting in to decorations this year.

Apparently 3 things (plus Gods will) saved me that day.  The branches of the huge 60+ year old tree hit the top roof and stopped the tree from crushing me and the living room as I was sitting on my couch having a glass of wine and reading a book via candle light.  A steel beam in the bow window held the huge tree and only got a dent in it (unusable but saved my life) otherwise I would have been crushed by the wind and the tree. The deck may have prevented the roots from completely detaching and blowing in to the house causing further damage.
Another tree that fell towards the road was the one near the ghost

Some folk have told me I should have been in the basement, a few things prevented this from happening, one is that we don't have a finished basement and the one we have is a partial and prone to flooding.  We have a split level and the garage level also has windows, we love trees and large windows which is one reason why we bought the house, but we had no idea this could happen.  We've been in the house for 8 years and have never experienced anything like this before.  We spent 2 days worth of a full tree crew service last sumer to cut pines and prune our trees so we thought we would be ok.

We have lots of windows and trees near the living areas and the lower level.  Basement isn't finished and prone to flooding.

One thing to note about storm, the debris fell at the back of my head first but then the roof fell on the top of my head, it was hard for me to work out which way to get out of this mess as the wind blew for a few seconds all around me.  I called out and Mike came from down the stairs and saw which way way to get me out.

As soon as I called out the kids started screaming then we had to calm them down before tending to my head and checking which way to go for safety.

Police came within seconds, EMT a little longer as trees started falling all over the roads everywhere.
Branches leaning on top roof prevented tree from falling further in to the house.

Steel beam in window prevented the tree from further crashing

Deck held roots slightly to prevent tree being uprooted more and falling more in to house

Follow building codes people, they are there for a reason

Insurance won't cover all yard cleanup.
Doctor in the house?  You might not be able to get to the hospital in such an emergency.
My boys usually go to bed after 9pm.
I had to go to the hospital the next day as the trees and hurricane blocked the EMTs from driving anywhere.  Luckily I wasn't bleeding and was conscious.

My boys were bored and Mike was reading to them in bed at 8pm
I got checked out at the hospital the next day and I got a minor concussion.  But the ER was packed, people were waiting for ages (doctors couldn't get in to the ER).

My boys would have been sitting on this couch usually at that time
I heard kids screaming in the ER - the sound it is almost unbearable. I can't imagine dealing with my kids screaming in an ER.

I got hit by debris flying at me at 60mph +, only a minor concussion so far.
I was sitting on the couch when the tree crashed through the room and landed next to me on the otherside of the couch.  The rest of the family had just gone upstairs 15 minutes earlier.

We weren't meant to find a generator otherwise we would all be in the living room
We were looking for a generator desperately one week prior. We found an outrageously overpriced tiny one that Mike decided to not get, otherwise we would all be sitting on the couch watching tv.

I can't imagine having my kids experience anything like this.
I would do it all again the same way to prevent kids from being in that room.
Especially after I heard kids screaming in the ER.

I get the chills thinking my boys could have experienced this disaster in the living room.
We appear to be on the highest point in our neighborhood and must have experienced full force of 60+mph winds.  Lower properties might have experienced less wind, or broken wind (ok doesn't sound right).

I will post more updates as I get more time. I appreciate all your time reading this and thinking of me and my family.

Thanks for reading.



  1. Holy crap, Vicki.. it's a miracle you are all alright. What a mess. How frightening that must have been. Can your house be fixed?

    Having had a large oak come crashing down on my property at a rate of one per year lately, I have a healthy fear of the wind around here. We always always keep the entire family in the lower level of our split during storms.

    Scary stuff. So glad you are all ok

  2. hang in there - one day at a time - take care of yourself, Mike and your boys.. Lots of Love! Come hang out with us sometime this weekend or next week.


  3. Dear Vicki

    I was horrified to see your post, and I feel for you and your family. Living out of suitcases can be frustrating. If ever you need home made food and a cozy place to crash anytime, please don't hesitate to come by us. Also, if you need anything else I can help out with don't hesitate to reach me.


  4. Hi Lisa, yes we are hoping it can, but since the main beam got damaged it is dangerous (could cave in) and unsafe to live there right now. We are trying to fix asap but with winter coming on I am figuring we will be in temp housing till Spring, ugh. I hope we get rental accommodation approved soon as hotels aren't meant for little boys.

  5. Thanks Jayanthi, we need lots of positive vibes our way so it is much appreciated! Thanks for taking S last week, this weekend disappeared from us, we spend lots of time driving between places and doing lists. I'll call you to see if you will be around this week.

  6. Thanks Mathangi! We really appreciate any positive thought for us, it is means a lot. We're ok right now but I may call you guys in the near future.

    Thanks again

    The A's.


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