There is nothing that could have prepared any of us for the DeVaStATiOn that resulted from Hurricane Sandy blowing through the Jersey Shore. My children are the 4th generation of family spending summers on Chadwick Beach so seeing homes that have been in the backdrop of photographs with my grandparents tossed on their sides and nearly unrecognizable was heartbreaking. Those of you who follow our blog know how much the beach means to my family. From my seaglass collection to finding special shells with my children to make wreaths or to just paint for fun, Chadwick Beach has been our own little paradise right here in our own backyard. Chadwick Beach is on a barrier island that rests between the Atlantic Ocean and the bay. During the storm the water from the bay and the ocean met causing extensive flooding. Our family home was filled with a foot and a half of water in the first floor, but thankfully it is still standing. Others were not so lucky. Neighborhoods of houses were completely washed away into the Atlantic Ocean. Another beach suffered a tremendous loss when gas lines exploded and blocks of houses burned to the ground.
Back home we lost power from the storm for six days and lived on a generator that we used conservatively because of a major gas shortage in the state of New Jersey. My brother-in-law waited on a line for four hours in the middle of the night to fill up his car and some gas cans to keep his own generator running. It was a very scary week for all of us and at the same time we were trying to find out any information we could about the shore house. Thankfully my parents had full power fifteen minutes away and we were able to drive over there during the day to watch the news, stay warm, and let the kids play in some normalcy.
Now that the power has been restored, the gas lines are back to normal, and we look forward to rebuilding our Jersey Shore back to its original beauty I am trying not to focus on what was lost. The hurricane may have washed away many of the buildings and landmarks that were symbols of our shore, but nothing can take away our MeMoRiEs. Let’s be thankful for what we have, and not ever for a second take anything for granted, it might not be there tomorrow.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating
all that you have to be ThAnKfUl for!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)