Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Heartbreak, Death and Destruction

November 4, 2012


It's a week after hurricane Sandy struck the northeast coast of the USA

It's a week after hurricane Sandy struck the northeast coast of the USA. Though I'll have to do a lot of cleaning up and repairs, my home is relatively unscathed.

Today, I was asked by people whom I work with to come out to Staten Island, the 5th borough of New York City, to see their devastation first hand. What I saw was unbelievable. Boats, houses, trucks, and cars where thrown around like toy pieces. I can only imagine the nightly horror when it's cold and dark as this area is still without power.

I saw and heard about acts of sacrifice and overwhelming kindness as well as many stories of Heartbreak, Death and Destruction.

 


Though I'll have to do a lot of cleaning up and repairs, my home is relatively unscathed


Boats, houses, trucks, and cars where thrown around like toy pieces


I can only imagine the nightly horror when it's cold and dark as this area is still without power


There were many people like this woman giving out free food


Hurricane Sandy's winds and surge deposited these boats and debris here from a mile away


In this shot things look normal but if I turn the camera just inches there's destruction everywhere


A car that was dropped by mother nature on another


People lining up to get gasoline for their generators


This cute sculpture survived the storm


Here it is from another angle with a couple of boats tossed up on land behind it


She said, "All my life I've taken care of diplomats, now why can't somebody take care of me - I've just retired from my job at the UN"