I’ve been sitting her for the past 15 minutes trying to think of what to say about Superstorm Sandy. It’s not been easy. I try to keep this blog witty and light, but its hard when faced with the massive destruction the storm left in its wake. All I can do is repeat the news: thousands are without power, water, or gas; many people cannot get back to their homes to assess the damage or even see if their families have made it through; the NYC airports are closed and I don’t know what they’re doing to the huge amount of air traffic they handle; there is no gasoline, no groceries, and immense amounts of flooding still.
What do you say in the face of that? What can you say?
I live in the Mid-Ohio Valley region and I remember what it was like when our power went out. I remember how long it took to get the grocery stores restocked – I went right after they first reopened and there was no dairy, meat, frozen food, or fresh produce sections. The store didn’t smell of rotten food, but it did smell like rotten food had just been there. And this was without the flooding or the destruction the northern east coast is now suffering. We didn’t have any gas leaks and we had fresh water. In that particular storm, nobody was flooded out. A lot of trees were uprooted and there was excessive damage to houses and, of course, power lines, but the death toll was minimal. On top of this, the region affected was mostly small towns and farming communities. There are only so many people here period.
But out there? It’s truly mind boggling. Thousands of people. Literally thousands. No food, no water, no shelter, cataclysmic damage. And winter on northern coast is not kind.
Yet most of the people there don’t want handouts or help. They just want the basics back online. They, like the rest of us, just want to get on with their lives, even if that means starting over. I think it says something about the tenacity of the human spirit.
For a final note, I would like to thank the power companies, particularly their in-field employees. I know a lot of people give you grief for high prices, slow service, and whatnot, but when we need you, you were there. Thousands rushed to our aid down here and I know that thousands more are being airlifted out there. Good luck. People are counting on you.