I have never been so scared as I was during Hurricane Sandy. Half my town, which borders the coast, was evacuated. From about 1PM EST to midnight, the wind was so strong. I was just praying we would be okay. There was very little rain. Just wind.
At about 5:30 PM, my neighbor's tree came ever so quietly crashing down. Along with it, the utility poles and the electricity.
After midnight and the next morning, complete calm and a rainbow. It was so eerie.
My neighbors and I ventured outside to survey the damage and what we saw was not just one of my neighbor's trees down but two.
I think it was a blessing that I couldn't see these images because I surely would've sobbed.
My family and I were safe. Our home, intact. I had a bed. It was not a warm bed for six days but it was more, much more than many had. Two of my friends lost their homes.
Because there was so much damage to our utility poles, I knew that if we didn't see a crew by 8 in the morning, we would go another day without power.
That all ended at 8 AM on Sunday morning when I saw this at the end of my block.
Poles, wires, everything had to be replaced. We brought them Dunkin Donuts, coffee and my little neighbor Christopher and I gave them our Halloween candy.
The wires leading to my home had a bit more damage. Hydro One promised me they would come back and they did, within 10 minutes. I didn't want to lose sight of them because I do not trust our local power company. So up into my tree they went.
They were so professional. They had a job to do and they did it. It is because of them that my shower was hot, my meal was hot and my connection to the outside world, restored.
Unfortunately, I finally got to see those terrible images that I had been kept from all week. Devestation.
Thank you Canada for sending us this fine crew from Ontario. I will never forget you and I am forever grateful.