Random thoughts after Sandy

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Let me start out by finally exhaling and breathing a huge sigh of relief. The last 30 hours were very, very scary but we made it through just fine, considering all... We were prepared and just ready to get it done and over with.

the Superstorm Our lights flickered on and off, internet was intermittent but we never lost power. Now, I know exactly why we were spared and millions were not. All power lines are buried in my subdivision. I wish BGE & PEPCO would listen to this: we did not lose power because no trees could fall on our power lines!

Our sump pump kept pumping, we were able to call for emergency services if need be, we were connected to the outside world, our food didn't spoil, no lives were lost ...

Why in the world BGE & Co. would argue against burying power lines is beyond my comprehension. Supposedly the cost is too high. Hmm. And having to restore service to tens or hundreds of thousands multiple times a year is not? Having to request additional personnel from across the country .. tons of spoiled food .. downed & live wires that kill ... that's better?

Our home is slightly damaged but considering what could have been, it's minor really. What has us p'ed o. is the reason why our home is damaged. It was totally preventable. We are in the unfortunate position to be living next to neighbors who do not care too much about maintaining their home. Their gutter came loose during the freak Derecho Storm in June. It was never fixed. Now their gutter is wrapped around their chimney after scrapping their roof for hours and our gutter got torn off by it and is a total loss. We are hopeful that our roof is fine but will have to get somebody out to look at it.

Our neighbors also collected all sorts of debris in their yard which was graded towards our homes - not a good combination. Hubby and I had to go out in the thick of Sandy and dig a trench so water could flow away and not flood my basement. We succeeded. But having to do that in the first place and having to put ourselves in danger because of their neglect just stinks. I can't get myself to look at my torn up back-yard just yet. We'll deal with that mess after Halloween. Those are the "joys" of owning a townhouse....

Just as Sandy was beginning to show her ugly face, the winds were whipping the trees around and the rain was coming down in sheets.. I spotted our mail lady. I could not believe it. Schools were closed. Stores were closed. Government offices were closed. The Governor even sent out a warning 'to stay indoors and be safe' but the U.S.P.S. was out and about delivering mail! That just blew my mind! I grabbed some hot coffee and M & M's and braved the storm to greet our mail lady... I hope she made it home OK!

I'm now cautiously optimistic that Halloween is actually going to happen! Considering all the drama, destruction and loss of life it may seem a bit odd to be thinking about trick or treating. But my girls are going stir crazy. They need to get out. They also need to be reassured that it's OK to be excited and happy.

Last but not least, I cannot wait to see the SUN! Supposedly sometime tomorrow we'll catch a glimpse of her again.

I hope you all are doing well and weathered the Superstorm as best as you could. My thoughts are with all who had to evacuate, lost homes or loved ones. I wish you all the strenght, love and support in the world. 

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~ LIVING MARYLAND BLIPS

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers, sellers and renters since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom of two girls and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She enjoys everything beautiful in life and always answers the phone with a smile.

 

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Michele Cadogan
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Glad to hear that you and your community was survied with not alot of damage; hopefully as other communities start to rebuild they will take a look at what works in terms of how  similar communities by damage received and types of infrastructure that works.

Oct 30, 2012 12:01 PM #1
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Thankful you guys are okay!  Prayers answered.....

Oct 30, 2012 01:21 PM #2
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Michele, I drove around earlier and didn't see too much damage. We were very, very lucky. Lets hope something can be taken away from it .. just burying power lines could prevent so much trouble.

Thank you so much John! Indeed!

Oct 30, 2012 05:57 PM #3
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Mary Yonkers
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Andrea, yes, it is good to be done with the storm and have a second or two to regroup.  I am glad that you did not loose power as so many others did.

Kudos to you for thinking of the mail lady.  I am sure that she appreciated your thoughfulness.

Did the sun show up today?

Oct 31, 2012 11:12 AM #4
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Mary, we did indeed get a glimpse of the sun today - not as much as I would have liked but I'll take it! I've not seen our mail lady since Monday and am still wondering whether or not she made it home OK. It still blows my mind that everything was closed but the postal service still had to deliver mail ...

How are you doing? I hope no major damages in your neck of the woods!

 

Oct 31, 2012 06:36 PM #5
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Andrea, I am enraged over the selfish neglect your neighbor showed.  Surely all those restrictive covenants for your development have a section for timely repairs.   More than the outrage though I'm so happy to hear you and your family made it through with tense memories and minor damage.  This episode will make a good conversation at your next HOA meeting so that everyone can be reminded untended to repairs and loose debris can inflict damage or death on neighbors.

I'm hoping by now the sun has found you.

Nov 03, 2012 04:47 AM #6
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Mona, we are passed the point of being enraged, some people just do not care. Our Board is well .. shall we say less than helpful and very selective in what they enforce, but that's another story. It does appear that our neighbor's understood what their neglect forced us to do .. they cleaned up their yard today. I'm hopeful the gutter will be next!

The sun has been peeking through occasionally but not nearly as much as we would like. Now there's talk of a Nor'Eastern next week .. the last thing some of the hardest hit counties in MD and the East Coast could need.

We were very, very lucky Mona!

Nov 03, 2012 09:45 PM #7
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Andrea, Sandy brought lots of rain to Erie over five days, but certainly not the destruction and flooding other areas saw.  Now that she is gone a cold front moved in. I hope the Nor'Easter moves out to sea and misses the Easat coast this time.

Nov 04, 2012 03:09 AM #8
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Mary, I hope so, too! Fingers crossed that the Nor'Easter will move out to sea. It's been chilly here, too but it's supposed to warm up a bit by the end of the week. It would be nice to have another lovely fall weekend.

Nov 04, 2012 05:40 PM #9
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Andrea, I'm happy that you fared relatively well through the storm, those pictures that are coming out of NY and NJ are horrendous and the plight of the people without power and water in this cold is unimaginable in our day and time. I totally agree with you on the situation with the power lines. I remember back in 1983, I went to Crete and they had power lines like this with transformers that looked - to me - like there were from another planet. I took pictures! Imagine my surprise when I came to the US a few years later and saw the same thing!!
Nov 05, 2012 04:50 AM #10
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Thank you Silvia. I know a few people who are in the thick of it. I'm glad they are OK but hearing all the stories and seeing the pictures is heart-breaking ... it's still hard to believe that we escaped a similar fate by a hair.

I seriously do not get how a power company can argue against burying power lines. It wouldn't solve all problems of course but how many more people and businesses would not have lost power? It would greatly reduce the misery...

I know what you mean .. all our visitors from Germany always take pictures of the power lines, it's a tourist attraction!

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