November 7, 2012

This New Yorker Thanks Hydro One of Canada for Restoring My Power

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.
For the next six days, we were without power. I wasn't able to see the devestating images on my tv or computers but I was listening to the radio. The coastline, totally reshaped. My beach - gone. Hundreds of homes burned to the ground in Breezy Point, people missing, millions without power and a stupid-a&& Mayor Bloomberg wanting to run the NYC Marathon all while bodies are still being pulled from the water.

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.
A crew of strapping young, handsome men from CANADA!! Hydro One from Ontario, Canada to the rescue.
It was, thankfully, a gorgeous sunny, warm day and these guys worked non-stop for over six hours; especially the Canadian in the bucket truck.

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 nice - clearly not the power workers from NY. I am so grateful that these gentlemen came to help us out. Should the situation be reversed, I hope that we would extend the same courtesy.

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.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad to hear things are beginning to get straightened out Carmie! Don't want to say "back to normal", I don't think we'll ever know the pre-Sandy 'normal' again. Take care:@)

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Kristie Franklin said...

Gosh Carmie,

I'm so glad you are okay. I can only imagine the terror you must have felt. It is so horrible that I can't bear to even look at the photos. My heart goes out to each and every one of the people who lost their homes and in some cases people they loved. This is truly a disaster. I too, was amazed that Mayor Bloomberg would even consider plans to go ahead with the Marathon. I think the push back was so great he changed his mind. Who in their right mind would even think to let that go forward.

I hear that there is another storm, a nor'easter headed up the coast yet again with 50-70 mile winds...I will say a prayer for you and everyone who is in the path of this storm!

Be safe and keep us posted. :)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are ok.


Blondie's Journal said...

I'm glad to see you post and hear that you are okay, but don't downplay, you have been through hell. All of you, some to more of a degree. We have prayed for you and will continue to until you are all back to normal.


Beauty Blogger Bri said...

I'm so glad you're ok, Carmie! Here's hoping the east coast never faces a storm like this ever again...

frances said...

Glad that Hydro One could help...I live in northern a small town..and we have power outages alot.. They are always efficient and there to fix it in a timely manner..Glad to hear they helped you out...It is such a mess and I hope that your life can return to normal soon Take care Frances

Calypso In The Country said...

Hi Carmie,
So glad to see you are ok! I am sorry to hear about your friends. It is so sad how many people lost everything. My heart just breaks for them! We were ok here in NJ, just a lost tree, some minor roof damage and no power until YESTERDAY! That was rough but we had a generator so I really can't complain. We saw power companies from all over the country here. So wonderful how good people can be! It is a reminder that although things are getting back to "normal" here, there is always a way to help someone out.
Take care, Shelley

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Carmie - I am so glad you are ok! I've been thinking about you and wondered how Sandy was for you. Hope things get back to normal soon.

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