Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Clean Up Goes On

It's really difficult to visit the places I love since Hurricane Sandy came through and washed so much away.

I have to remind myself that as hard as it might be for me it is so much harder for those who lost everything they had. I go to patronize whatever businesses are open and I stop by the Volunteer Firehouse to see if help or supplies are needed.

On my most recent visit I took a few photos of the work being done at the waterfront.

Wreckage is still being carted away. Paths are being cleared. Boat ramps are being rebuilt so that the locals can get out to resume fishing. Pieces of docks need to be pulled out of the water. Railings and fences have to be replaced; in some spots it's dangerous to get too close.






I found these shots of sunnier days in my archives. All of this is gone. 






And on we go ...

Our World Tuesday


30 comments:

Happy Elf Mom said...

It takes a long time to clean this stuff, long after the news crews have moved on. :/

DJan said...

Poignant to look at pictures of the way it was. All gone now. But it is getting cleaned up, a little at a time. I'm just glad you are back home.

LL Cool Joe said...

Absolutely tragic. But I admire all the many people who are cleaning the place up however hard that may be. It will take years I suppose. I still feel for those people who lost everything. It must be so hard.

Carver said...

It does take a long time to clean up. I experienced that here a long time ago with Hurricane Fran as well as more recent hurricanes over the years when I visited the coast.

Gary said...

Glad you posted the before photos. It makes a comparison possible. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Akelamalu said...

Eventually it will all come right. x

Sylvia K said...

It's good to see that progress is being made! It's such a long, long haul back to the way things were before Sandy!! Great captures and thank for the before and after shots! Hope your week is off to a good start! Hugs to Hope and to you! Stay warm!

Jay Simser said...

The human spitit is resilient and things will come back. If not the same at least as well and it will be beautiful again. Keep smiling and give Hope my love.

Karen said...

Looks like they are making progress.

Ron said...

"I found these shots of sunnier days in my archives. All of this is gone."

Heartbreaking, Dianne.

I love what Jay shared in his comment....

"The human spitit is resilient and things will come back. If not the same at least as well and it will be beautiful again."

Thanks for sharing, dear lady!

X to you, Hope, Siren, and Isadora!

Daryl E said...

heartbreaking

ladyfi said...

So sad to know everything is gone.

Mike said...

Repairing can take longer than tearing down and rebuilding.

ellen abbott said...

I totally sympathize since I in an area that gets killer hurricanes with some degree of regularity. I've been through 4 or 5 major hurricanes and several minor ones. The last big one to come through here wiped an entire beach community/town off the face of the earth. It left one house standing but it was severely damaged. Everything else? no trace. not even foundations or streets are anything.

eileeninmd said...

It might take awhile to recover. But I am sure things will be back to normal again.

Hilary said...

That must be so painful to see. My heart goes out to you and your neighbours.

HermanTurnip said...

And to think, three months later, that the House finally got around to passing the Sandy bill. Way to speed that along, guys.

I swear, these politicians are useless...

Linda Reeder said...

NBC Nightly News had film clips of people watching their wrecked homes finally being bulldozed. It was part of a report on the House of Representatives FINALLY passing a financial aid package for Sandy sufferers. Thanks again for making this more real for those of us far removed.

Nature Rambles said...

Sad...but at least the cleaning up is in progress. Lovely images from the past.

Granny Annie said...

With the willingness of the human spirit, it will all be again.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's a HUGE job, that's for sure!

caregiver/Gin said...

Sad to see the contrast, but thank you for keeping this in the forefront of our memories. By the way Dianne, I am watching the ICE...I know its dangers. Ging

Frank Baron said...

I guess they'll clean it up eventually but the scars will likely remain for some time.

bettyl said...

It only goes to show that things never last, there's always change around the corner.

Rambling Woods said...

Sigh..this is so sad and I am so sorry for all the people who lost property and most of all for those who lost loved ones... We think we can conquer Mother Nature..but she always has her own way...Michelle

Martha Z said...

In the wake of such disaster the cleanup can seem overwhelming. My heart goes out to those who are struggling.

missing moments said...

Mother Nature is definitely in charge. Hard for those who get in her way.

Pat said...

Thank you for keeping the victims of Hurricane Sandy in our thoughts. It's easy to forget once the news coverage is over, or another tragedy takes its place. But the poor people who LIVE there have to face this EVERY day. I'm glad that the clean up has begun. I'm glad the government finally approved of the bill to allocate $ for them. It's about time!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

It is incredible when something you know just disappears because of Mother Bature--Or, for that matter, for whatever reason. You are a truly good person, Dianne---Supporting those you can. I know they dearly dearly appreciate it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Di -- it is good for us to be reminded of how long it takes to recover...even though it will happen (for those who are lucky enough to have anything left to recover). You are good to offer your care and support.

Coming from the PNW, these storms used to be kind of an abstract thing we felt bad about but didn't really understand, but now we've been in the south enough to see some of the aftermaths -- and are well aware that where we live now could be devastated in the same way in any future storm season. It's a different kind of caring!