In 2012 in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, Beloved and I were crazy busy trying to get ready for the storm. But knowing we lived on the water, every 20 minutes or so, another concerned friend or family member would ping us asking for an update. We therefore sent around an announcement that we would be posting updates as often as possible on Facebook. Little did we know that Facebook would be one of the very few means of communication available to us for a week. Here are the highlights of those posts, along with photos.
Disclaimer: I no longer remember which photos are mine and which I pulled from social media. If you see a picture you took, please let me know which one and I will make sure you get credit.
Epilogue: Although there were still some hoops through which we had to jump, eventually our flood insurance company did right by us. That wasn’t the case for Beloved’s family and for many of our neighbors who had to fight for every penny. Throughout the recovery process, we were lucky. We were lucky to have each other, we were lucky to have a little money in the bank so we could start rebuilding without waiting for the insurance check, we were lucky to have friends and family who wanted to help, and we were lucky to have such wonderful neighbors. Together, we are stronger than the storm!
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October 29, 2019 at 1:56 pm
Oh gosh, Donna. Despite your humour and eternal ability to look on the bright side, I cannot help but see the utter desperation of the situation you were in. Yes, ultimately you were luckier than some but I wish your luck had not been tested by this misfortune. I am stressed out dealing with the aftermath of a basement flood from July. Clearly I do not have the temperament or tolerance required to have endured what you and Beloved did.
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October 30, 2019 at 12:17 am
We didn’t have the temperament or tolerance before the storm either. But 2012 tested us, and we came out the other side better for it. I sincerely hope you never need to learn your true mettle, but I have complete confidence that you’ll rise above.
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