“I told them that the storm was a big one but 90 mph winds were considered minor in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “Then, what I realized was that there was no grass in the entire city aside from Central Park.
“Next thing you know they’re moving the bottom floor residents to the second floor,” he said. “Eventually they moved them to the third,” said Peck who could only be contacted by his Facebook because his telephone service was out.
Another post said ‘Do you know that crane that is hanging off the bridge?’ I can clearly see it outside my window which is 20 blocks away.”
Will Hollier, who works as a political consultant in Washington D.C. also did not have any phone service, but was able to send out another Facebook post.
“We were doubly lucky---we have a beach house in Lewes, Deleware which was where Sandy turned west from the ocean to make land. Word from my 76 year old neighbor who rode out the storm is that despite the very high flood waves, no damage,” he said. “Yes, as a veteran of many hurricanes, I am ashamed I have to get my intel from an old lady. We rode the storm out at my home in Virginia but it was not as bad as anyone expected. Tons of rain and winds but I have been in worse nor-easterners. Considering the damage in NY, Jersey and Connecticut, we came out great,” said Hollier.
Julie Gauthier who, like Hollier works in Washington D.C., got a bit more damage than Hollier.
“We traveled south to North Carolina where my family lives,” said Gauthier. “We thought the weather would be much better down there because an aunt told me it was. However, when we got there it snowed, and it snowed. Right now we are sitting in three feet of the stuff.”
“It’s still going on up here,” said Peck. “The rain keeps driving down in intervals mixed with some ice.”
“The water that had flooded some major parts of the city ....Manhattan Island is completely underwater, is starting to recede.”
“A lot of people are joking that the sidewalks needed cleaning up anyway.”