Now that Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, Frankenstorm, or whatever the hell you've been calling it, has passed, I thought I'd check-in and let you all know that we've made it. All said and done, it wasn't that bad, but it certainly could have been! With the way the storm tracked it meant that we didn't get that much rain as compared with areas just south of us. We got so little rain in fact that the sump pump basin is still bone dry. I really can't believe that! So my battery back-up sump pump remains unused, but she's quietly at the ready to be called into service at some point.
Our biggest concern with this storm wasn't the finished basement, however, ...it was Kelly's stockpile of milk that she's got in the freezer for Miss J when she returns to work in December. That stuff is like liquid gold and once it thaws out you have to use it in like 48hrs. We had some contingency plans in place, but they involved driving it to someone elses house with power. Wouldn't have been easy in the height of the storm, but thankfully we didn't have to deal with it! I actually took one of our wireless thermometers from outside and stuck it in the freezer so that we could monitor the temperature if the power did go and then once it was above 32 we'd have to move. [a Honda generator is in the Nowak Household Budget for the first quarter of FY2013, so we hopefully won't have an issue like this down the line].
We did come awfully close to losing the juice though. Round 9pm on Monday a big gust of wind took down a sizable branch on the tree in our front yard. It hung right over the lines to our house but somehow fell to the side and landed in the middle of the street. We dodged a bullet with that one! I was going to take a photo of the branch in the morning, but the DPW guys were there around 10:30pm to clean it all up. An entire cavalry arrived...tree trucks, earth movers, and a team of like 15 guys in 7 or 8 pick up trucks. I guess they were trying to stay ahead of things...
A very close call indeed!
I snapped this photo on Monday morning. As you can see...not much damage at all. Just a lot of leaves and small branches around.
As you can see...the same wasn't true for a guy two streets over from us...
I'm guessing they can't just buff that out, right?
I'd say that at good 20% of our area is without power and the utility folks are giving the standard "it could be a week until we get it back on" answer. Opposite of Hurrican Irene, we have power and our neighbors don't, so they've got an extension cord running over to our house to help power a fridge and a small space heater. I'm glad we could return the favor this time around.
How did you all fare?