If you’re storm damaged like me, you get drawn into every radio interview you hear about Hurricane Sandy: The disbelief, the frustration, and the delays. In every instance, I think to myself: “This sounds oh, so familiar.”
Also familiar is what I’m hearing from farmers market organizers in New York. Fishing families were hammered hard; farmers less so. It has also been gratifying to learn that some of Manhattan’s hard edges are softening. Trauma is heeding to people’s need for gentleness.
Hurricane Sandy left a long trail of destruction across the New Jersey shoreline. And it did a lot more than just flood houses.
In towns like Seaside Heights and Belmar, Sandy wiped out the boardwalks that line the beach. In places like these, boardwalks served as the commercial center knitting the towns together, and residents are wondering where to go from here.
Until two weeks ago, the boardwalk was the place to hang out in Belmar, N.J. Ann Summer was walking along the water with her husband this weekend.
Ferry service into Manhattan started Monday for the Rockaway section of Queens, one of the hardest-hit New York City neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy. Many residents are still feeling cut off, struggling without power or adequate public transportation options. And now worries about mold are creeping in.
But the new ferries were a small consolation for the trickle of commuters who trudged onto Manhattan soil for the first time in two weeks. Some of them, like Sheila Curran, were grinning all the way down the plank.
A team of five Louisiana emergency managers, including the head of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, have been deployed to New York to assist officials there in responding to Hurricane Sandy.
In addition, two GOHSEP staffers who had been working in Pennsylvania travelled to New Jersey on Nov. 3 to offer their assistance as well.
Louisiana state troopers who volunteered to help New Jersey police after Hurricane Sandy were able to vote absentee, by fax.
A convoy of 25 troopers left Louisiana about 3 a.m. Sunday on the 1,300-mile drive to New Jersey.
Capt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, says state police commanders asked Secretary of State Tom Schedler to find a way the troopers could vote absentee. He talked to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office and to voter registrars in the troopers' home parishes.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 8:08 pm
Over the pre-election weekend, we began hearing people, mostly Republicans, say that if Mitt Romney does not win the presidency this week it will be because of Superstorm Sandy.
That could be savvy analysis, or it could be the first signs of a search for an excuse. Either way, it's premature. For the moment, the Romney campaign should be looking for a way to turn the storm to its benefit.
A monster storm flooded parts of the biggest city in America this week. Millions of people are still without power.
But in the long run — even in the medium run — New York (and New Jersey!) will recover. And for the U.S. economy as a whole, this disaster will barely be a blip.
This is largely because there are countless backup plans hiding everywhere in our economy. On today's show, a flooded grocery store reveals safety nets that are usually hidden but, at moments like these, are suddenly made visible.