November 27, 2012
Many people in the Northeast were affected by Superstorm Sandy last month. Dana O’Donnell, a Staff Associate in our New York office, shares her story of surviving the storm.
You may have seen the coverage of Superstorm Sandy recently terrorizing the east coast region of the United States, particularly harming the New York/New Jersey area. I work in Kellen Company’s New York office and I live in the beautiful city of Hoboken, which lies opposite of the Manhattan island, separated by the Hudson River. Hoboken was hit particularly hard by the storm and my experience was nothing short of a nightmare.
My boyfriend and I were in his apartment hoping to ride out the storm. As the winds picked up, the rain began to fall and the floods turned the streets into rivers. We knew that we were in trouble. Soon enough, we lost power. It was an eerie feeling to look out the window that usually framed a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline’s lights and instead see darkness. Before we knew it, the lobby of our apartment was flooded up to the ceiling, leaving us trapped with no way out. We waited for three days with no electricity, minimal cell phone service and a dwindling food supply. Finally, we resorted to calling 911. The National Guard arrived to our building by boat and helped us out of the flood zone. An army tank took us to a local shelter. I felt like I was in a movie; I’ll never forget what I witnessed on my way to the evacuation site. The pure devastation was indescribable. Below are some of my pictures of the impacted area.
I was lucky enough to escape the storm’s aftermath with minimal destruction to personal belongings, but even weeks later, I still continue to feel the effects of Sandy. The PATH train system in Hoboken was destroyed by the flooding, which leaves many residents no easy way to commute to New York City. Commuters’ delays continue to be unbearable, yet, when patience is running low, we must think how fortunate we are to have been left unharmed. Most people in the New York office were impacted by Sandy, whether it was by prolonged power outages, flood damage or an interrupted commute. The emotional support from both my community and company was overwhelming, and I realize just how fortunate I am. Although there still is a long road to recovery for some regions, people must remember to always to remain hopeful.