At 11/4/12 05:18 PM, Fuoco wrote:
And now there's another storm expected to hit the east coast.
Now, seriously guys.. I think someone up there really hates you.
Well, it did flatten Atlantic City and stopped the New York Stock Exchange for two days (while all around, darkness and cold), perhaps this is 'Divine Judgement'? I had 6 days without electric or power. Of course, the generator didn't show up till day 6. There is nothing that is quite as disheartening, as the constant cold.
Folks are driving from the Bronx, to as far south as Great Adventure, just to get a tank of gas! The military tried giving out 10 gallons apiece to civvies, but that shit stopped the same day it started! Last I heard, it was for emergency workers only.... I had heard the Feds were going to distribute 300$ checks to those effected the worst, but that was a Twitter hoax thing that got some radio air-time, and was glumly redacted today.
This storm was different than Katrina. If the Tri-State area had an infrastructure like New Orleans, it would have been much worse. As it is, whole projects near the coastline are just not there anymore. There are still over a million people without power or utilities of any kind. Robocalls in NJ notify ppl who still have landlines of where the refugee/warming centers are.
Tonight, it will go below freezing, and on top of 6 days without heat, things are getting very desperate - whole towns are still without power!! I'll post some pics in a day or two if this thread still lives. As more and more ppl get back on the grid, this is the only way we'll know what's going on! With gas short, it's hard to figure out what's happening from town to town.
Most of NJ is now back on the ration system. If the last number of your license plate ends with an odd number, you can get gas Nov. 1, 3, 5.... I was a little shit when they did that during the energy crisis.
Trying to get real useful info from the radio was a real drag :( I did see Marine 1 fly over with Obama and Christie on board, but other than that, I've seen no assistance from outside of local towns and imported linemen and tree-cutters (and I thank God for their service). Another lesson learned from Katrina: The Lord helps those who help themselves.
Also I heard that all spoiled food must go to some kind of recycling instead of the usual trash.... there's so much, it could become a health problem if tossed normally. No word of packs of stray dogs yet, but looting pretty much happened the day after it hit. Haven't heard much of other crimes, but I'm sure there are by now; it's begun to get desperate.