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Carol Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:35 pm
This is an email update from a friend in NJ. Woah!
It was quite a storm. Couldn’t believe the damage especially since it wasn’t as big as Storm Sandy or Hurricane Irene. 49 people have died in NY & NJ. 10 inches of rain came down quickly and because just a few days ago we had another 8-10 inches the ground was saturated and couldn’t absorb that much water that quickly. All the creeks, lakes & rivers overflowed and came flowing down the streets. Everybody who parked their car in their street watched the water come down and take their cars in the flow. Cars ended up on people’s lawns, wedged into trees and piled up into intersections.
The Garden State Parkway which is an 8-lane highway had 4 feet of water on it. The next day you can see hundreds of cars lined up on both sides of the highway. They had to get backhoe trucks to come and pick the cars out of the water. Jay turned around and came home and said, “There is no way I can get to work”.
In Rahway, the next town to us along the Rahway River a house blew up and shot the air conditioner unit across the street into the next house. Luckily the couple who lives there got stuck in flood waters and couldn’t get home so were not home when it exploded. Otherwise, they would be dead. They were interviewing the neighbors on TV and one woman said that the couple's house burned down 5 years ago and this was their new house. “They should move away; something is trying to tell them something”. I love NJ people. Everybody on that block their house windows blew out so there they are in this terrible storm with no windows trying to keep the rain out.
In Millburn the water came out of the street on Main Street and shot 6 feet of water down the road. There were so many cars piled up on the corner of Millburn Ave and Vauxhall Road that it looked like a demolition rally.
200 people got stuck in a NJ Transit train just before Newark. It's all-swamp land there so they could not be rescued for quite a while. Nothing so exciting as being stuck on a train in a covid pandemic with no air conditioning, lights or food with swamp waters rising up to your window.
The next day so many stores were closed due to damage or no electricity.
The subways in NYC were a disaster. Water pouring in from the sewers, down the stairs and from the street.
We are very grateful that our house is up from the street and our cars are parked in the driveway that is slanted away from the house. We have a park at the end of the street where the water goes too. We had electricity too. I did have to go outside in the pouring rain and sweep water away from the door because it did start to pool about 4 inches by the door.
There was a tornado where over 100 homes got damaged or destroyed. NJ does not normally have tornadoes. Don’t tell me that climate change isn’t real!
It was a wild night!
What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night, the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
With deepest respect ~ Aloha & Mahalo, Carol