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Old 12-15-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Never in a million years...

...Did I think I'd have to use the front and rear hitch attachments on my TJ for this purpose. Also never thought any of this would happen period... This was back in Oct. I was just going through some of the pics I took and couldn't help but recount my experience Its on my mind so I figured I would share.

First comes the Jeep stuff. I have custom front an rear bumpers with hitches for the JK. They're not on however. Would have made life a lot easier... Anyway,

Oct 11:


Oct 27:




The town gave away free bags. We just had to fill 'em up and place them on our properties. I weighed one at 50lbs. I filled and placed 109 of them at my parents new house and the remaining 41 at my new house (their old house, about a 3/4 mile north of their new place).

More from that day:

Decided to pull the Whaler out of the water.


"The calm before the storm" The drive to the marina. Within 48 hours of that picture, the water had reached and flooded those houses.


The day of evacuation, 10/28/12








I was fortunate enough that my parents keep a residence on the mainland as well for situations such as this.



Cable went out at around noon that day. Lost power shortly after and went without it for 10 days. High tide that night, the ocean met the bay. We had a generator and were able to get pics via facebook on our phones before sunset. When the sun came up the following day, the internet was flooded with pics of the destruction of the northern towns... Casino Pier, Ortley (ground zero), Mantoloking, etc. Boats scattered across the street, missing houses, destroyed houses... As per their norm, media reports focused on the worst of the worst. Unlike many of our neighboring towns, my town had financed a large dune project in years past. We knew that these dunes were the only thing that could have saved our properties. We also knew they breached in some spots. I didn't know the state of the houses, amount of damage, or even if we still had houses there until they let us back on, Nov 5, over a week after the evacuation. I would not wish that level of stress and anxiety I dealt with during that time to my greatest enemy. Even after viewing the pictures in hopes to somewhat "mentally prepare" myself to go back over the bridge, I was not ready for what I saw. Looking at damage through a screen and through the windshield of a truck could not be any more different. Expecting the worst, we went to the houses. Someone was looking our for us. Some siding fell off but other than that, no damage whatsoever. My whole family broke out in tears. The ocean block held but my friends on Central and the bayside we not so lucky. Since I didn't have much to do, I helped gut the houses, rewire them, run loads of what is now trash, to the dump, and deliver new belongings in.




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Old 12-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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As for the boat, she got dinged up pretty well. The road the marina was on was closed for a few days and boats were littered across the street. I had no way of calling the marina up so I had to wait. This is what I found:









After the salvage crew got her sitting right again:






The harbormaster said my dockbox was lost. Had it bolted down with 4 1.75" bolts. We found it a block away in the bay.



It still sucks not being able to go home but the amount of support is truly heartwarming. People I haven't spoken to in years asking what they can do to help and those more fortunate than others lending a hand. For any and all who helped who donated and provided aid to victims of Sandy, God bless you, and thank you so much for all of the support.
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