My husband Dick (that’s his name as well as his reputation as a husband) is in PA- the world’s greatest husband refused to come to NJ to help me during the hurricane. Then he called today to tell me that he made the right call since he wasn’t needed here anyway because he heard Irene didn’t hit Bergen County!
Well Marc and I made our way to an area where we could get to the bridge over the main street in our town about 1/2 mile from where I live in NJ and show him just how right he was and how safe we were here. We wanted to assure him he was absolutely right about leaving us to fend for ourselves, so we made sure to document the conditions here.
Again the videos were shot within a short walk from our home. Our sewers are still backing up into our aqpartment, and have been since this 11 Sunday morning. We can’t use our water or flush our toilets yet and there is a big tree threatening our house and garage.
I am so lucky to have a hubby who knew we would be safe from this hurricane and didn’t want to be another person to worry about. Bless his caring heart!
Louisa, a TBI patient who can’t talk, or move on her own is in Bergen Region Medical Center in Paramus- there have been without power all day- just emergency generators in the hallways and in critical care units etc. I didn’t know where to be first- by the time I got there she had been so neglected — I cried for 3 hours.
Here in Lodi, the National Guard is boating up and down Main Street in rubber dingies hauling folks out of apartments and houses and we are not expecting a dry-out for several days.
Dick informs me – they got a bit of rain out in Central PA and the wind whipped up to about 15 MPH but he says he is fine. I am sure glad he didn’t ask us to jump in the car to come help him out- we won’t be leaving Lodi for a while. Ever hear that old song: Oh Lord – we’re stuck in Lodi—AGAIN?
That’s ok – he really is safer if we stay 225 miles apart right now. Every-time we turn that wet-dry vac on to suck sewage out of our aparyment – something inside me wants to wrap the electric cord around his throat and pull hard, very hard and for a very long time.
Hey Dick paddle through that 1/2 inch of rain you got out in Central PA and have someone hook you up and show you these video’s, I know you are losing sleep worrying about all of us out here ~ NOT~!
Note for those of you who don’t read the comments:
Here is a list of a some of the fun Dick missed out on:
- 1- The 86 year old mother suffering heart failure
- 2- The disabled daughter in the nursing home without power
- 3- The grandchildren some of whom were located in the flood
- 4- The flooding basement at our rental home
- 5- The flooding basement and the sewage backed up in our house
- 6- General help with batting down the hatches before Irene came
- 7- Comfort and support while the electric is out
- 8- Tenants calling for help with flooding basements
- 9- Cleaning up after the storm