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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monster Storm Sandy - The Aftermath Day 4

“Why is patience so important?"
"Because it makes us pay attention.”
  -- Paulo Coelho

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 9:51 p.m.

More than 600 roads in Westchester County are closed. *are there 600 roads in Westchester?*

For the second time in as many years, Halloween is canceled.

Througout the county, hundreds of businesses are closed due to no power.

Workers are out of work.

Cars wait on long lines for gasoline. Average wait time is 2-3 hours. Gas is rationed. Ten gallons per person. Prices jump ten, twenty and thirty cents in minutes.

There are major traffic jams on all roadways.

ATM machines do not work; traffic lights are out of order; gas pumps do not pump fuel, and people without power in search of gasoline to fuel generators to stay warm take to already jammed roads.

Everywhere, people are unable to access WiFi, cable, or Fios. And even if they do have access, and can access it, without electricity, they cannot recharge batteries.

Down NY City, due to vast power outages, the pay phone is resurrected and tech Savvy 25-years olds unfamiliar with the strange machine cannot figure out how it works. They keep losing quarters, and patience.

County residents continue to grow impatient with a utility company overburdened with requests. Con Ed insists they are not diverting power to other parts of the region. They assure callers they are working hard as they can to get power restored in their areas. When? Five days? Seven days? Maybe three weeks? What? Maybe longer?

It's a mad mad mad mad world. Since Hurricane Sandy.

This writer can attest the storm was of biblical proportions. She hasn't seen anything like it since Hurricane Katrina.

A walk down Broadway earlier this evening, I caught this generator supplying power for traffic lights.

At the corner of Broadway and Hamilton, a line of cars snakes to a gas station around the corner four blocks away.

Earlier this morning, this downed tree was adopted by an ambitious next door neighbor in need of winter fuel.

Assembling a crew, after a tree company cut the tree down and cut it into chunks, he got right to work.   

He rented a wood splitter and split the large chunks into useable pieces of firewood. 

It's a two-man job working each chunk into the machine's blade. But considering the price of firewood, well worth it.

Here is what is left of that huge tree.


Driving anywhere in Westchester at this time is a huge feat. The road to Valhalla Dam, parallel the Bronx River Parkway, was closed. I had to turn around, find another way. Road closings are everywhere.

Time to say goodnight. Until this time next time.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
freelance writer/photographer

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