The Northeast had a pretty shaky week. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Virginia with aftershocks traveling up the east coast, followed by Hurrican Irene a few days later. Authorities and Mayor Bloomberg told New York City residents in what was possibly the worst Spanish I’ve ever heard to get out of the city. Evacuate. “El stormo grande is mucho dangeroso!” New York City shut down all transit systems—subways, buses, Access-a-Ride, Long Island Railroad and MetroNorth—in an unprecedented move to mitigate damage to the lines and keep passengers safe. It was my first time in a hurricane and I was terrified.
It was also the hype about the storm that freaked me and everyone else out. Preparation for the storm wiped water and canned goods off the shelves in grocery stores and delis and gas stations ran out of gas, like this one in my Queens neighborhood.
Luckily, my area, Manhattan and Brooklyn fared relatively well through the storm, though the New Jersey area was not so fortunate.
We are hoping our friends in northern and coastal Jersey are drying out and getting things back together.
As the storm traveled northward, things got worse and the Connecticut River breached its banks in an unrivaled fashion. Killington, Vt., home of the Gawet Marble & Granite quarry, had roads washed out, restricting entrance or exit from the town. My parents are currently living there and were able to leave their house and take photos of what Vermont looked like after all that rain.
If these are the roads, imagine what the homes along the waterfronts look like. There will certainly be a lot of replacement work to come in this area as communities try to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. Eventually, the industry may see some work from it, and I look forward to reading more stories that show compassion in the flooring industry when that time comes.