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August 30, 2011

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Ken K. in NJ

Lost power in Union County NJ at about 12:30 Sunday Morning, just got it back overnight at about 2AM. Basement flooded for first time ever, 2 inches of water in both unfinished and finished parts, due to sump pump not working because of no power.


During the day Sunday a good samaritan neighbor connected several of us to a generator via a tangle of extension cords, so we got the water pumped out.

The wall to wall rug was on the concrete floor rather than pads (greatest advice I ever got, from the carpet guy) and so it looks like it will dry out OK. Water just came up to baseboards, not to sheetrock, so that may be OK too.

But, we had maybe 300 of our 800 LPs (many collectible), and many other things, where they shouldn't have been, on the floor in the back room in cardboard boxes, waiting "to go thru someday". Well, now all we have to do is throw it all out, no need to got thru.

I'm not complaining, I know it could have been a lot worse. And, between my wife and her 100 candles and me and my 42 radios, we got thru it.

Fofio.blogspot.com

The pictures and stories from upstate NY are scary. The main business district of Windham was pretty much wiped out. Officials had to close the Northway (i87) at one point when a runaway barge was going to hit the twin bridges that connect Albany and Saratoga counties. They managed to stop the thing in time. The scary thing here is that if you know the area, you realize how high the water has to be for them to worry about a barge actually HITTING the bridge. The low lying areas of Schenectady were submerged. Closer to home, most commuter rail got back online this morning, however the MTA/NJT Port Jervis Line is closed indefinitely do to major track damage. They are saying it could be months before it comes back. Here in Long Island it's mostly just power issues. LIPA just released to the news that their original damage estimates of 1500 incidents needing repair (causing over half a million outages) was way-off. They say there are at least 3000 incidents requiring repair. I think we'll be camping for awhile. I can't get so upset though when I see the images of people to the north. Take care everyone. @Ken: Sorry to hear about the vinyl. Mine is over at a storage place awaiting the "go thru". Hopefully that place stayed dry.

DanHL

Candles and radios seem to go together. Maybe we can talk Jeff into posting a candle review. I recommend Blueberry Muffin by Yankee Candle: http://www.yankeecandle.com/detail/blueberry-muffin/1020668

DanHL

Thanks for the link to Neil's blog, I have enjoyed reading several of his posts ang got a few tips on emergency preparation. It would be great if other Herculodge readers would post links to their blogs.

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