A Note From "BigShotsMom" !!
Dec. 21, 2012 7:04 pm
Updated: Dec. 24, 2012 4:43 am
We've been missing the common sense comments from BigShotsMom. She is one of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. She had to spend a few weeks in a shelter until her building was deemed safe. She and her pets are reunited back at their home but communication
Here's her latest email. If you elect to comment, please address it to BigShotsMom and I will copy it into an email for her. I-t may be days before she is able to read it so be patient, please, if you are expecting an answer.
"... I would have been in touch sooner but my phone and Internet were only restored yesterday. Even cell service has been spotty here in Long Beach because several of the towers were either damaged or floated away.
As you can imagine, it will take a long time for life to return to its former state. Actually, it will never be the same but we will find a new form of normal.
I was so incredibly lucky! Other than a very few minor things I didn't suffer any damage to my apartment and the company that manages this building worked 24/7 to get it repaired and they are still at it. With the exception of one elevator, the living and common
areas will all be finished by the first of the year. There is still debate about the pool deck and garage below it. We have another meeting with the city engineer and our architect and maintenance staff and I was just informed there will someone there from
the Army Corp of Engineers.
This is a Co-Op building so everything is done by committee and second guessed by all the other owners. Naturally, money is a big issue. We haven't seen any meaningful help from FEMA
and our insurance coverage, (which was a huge issue because the board upped our coverage after Irene and there were many complaints because it added so much to our monthly fees) is not going to cover everything. Taxes will have to go up even more than projected
too. I get sort of ill when I think about the big picture because I may not be able to afford to keep living here. But that is all for later.
There are still about 250 families from Long Beach either living in shelters still or living in severely damaged homes, powered by generators and minimally heated at best. The response from across the country has been astonishing! I have met people from just
about each state, the Mexican Red Cross sent 3 teams, the Canadians have sent folks. Tree trimmers from OK,WA,MN, construction crews from CA, TX and many other places. Verizon had people from Fl and Mass. There is an organization called Team Rubicon, all vets
some with disabilities, who just swarmed neighborhoods and knocked on doors asking what needed to be done first. When I first came home I noticed American flags all over the place, usually stuck in the ground near a pile of damaged belongings and construction
debris. I finally found they were put there by the team to show us they had been here. These people have been living in their cars, trucks, campers, tents, etc."...