The damage in my area from Hurricane Irene is, in a word, ridiculous. In New Jersey, the flooding continues as rivers rose to record levels, and homes were buried in mud and water. In Connecticut and Vermont, some people are cut off entirely as the damage to bridges and roads has isolated them. Some folks in New York and the surrounding area are still without power. As I said when Irene was heading for us: we had wet ground up here, and we have a lot of old trees. Many of them came down. It’s been difficult for so many people.
The damage is going to affect communities for awhile in many different ways, such as the complete destruction of the children’s library in Upper Jay, New York. The pictures of all those ruined books are so sad.
In the days before Irene visited, so many people from Florida and other hurricane prone states gave me advice on disaster preparation, and even now, people from as far away as Tampa Electric are up here helping crews restore power. I don’t quite know how to say thank you, so here.
Have some levity in the form of a streaker on the Weather Channel when Irene hit North Carolina:
A bit of jubilant silly peen makes everything a little tiny bit better, right?
If you’d like to help, the Red Cross is just about everywhere that needs help, and if you can’t give money, giving blood, if you’re eligible, is a huge help to your local area. Blood donations go down in the summer, from what I understand.
But mostest of all: thanks for thinking of us, and for helping us out. You rule.