29 August 2011

Scenes from Irene

It's been all Irene all the time the last couple of days in New Jersey.  We buckled down for the storm on Saturday.  We prepared our emergency box with flash lights, candles, etc and then got to work juicing some fresh veggies for Bloody Mary's.

They tasted better than it looks.  We decided to burn some almost 4-year old energy before being stuck in the house for the rest of the day so we put on our rain coats and headed outside.

We had a light drizzle most of the day on Saturday.  The full force of the storm hit overnight and was pretty much over by the time we woke up Sunday morning.  Here's a scene in our back yard.

And the same look down the street.  We were really fortunate to not have any downed trees or large branches in our yard or street.

Quinn needed a nap so we decided to go for a drive.   The hurricane really did some damage.  There were alot of streets closed due to downed power lines and trees in the road.  We saw homes were water was being pumped out of the basement.

At one point we got on the Garden State Parkway to head home and we noticed people driving in REVERSE in the right hand lane and the shoulder.  What?!?!  We quickly realized that the GSP was shut down so we pulled on to the shoulder and started backing up.  Along with hundreds of other cars, we backed up a good mile or so to get to the previous exit to get off the GSP.  It was hysterical and bizarre!  

Once we got off the GSP, we had a really hard time navigating home with all the street closures.  There was a river running through the roads between us and our home.  At one point we came face to face with it.  This is what was standing between us and home.

 We eventually found our way home.   I have a friend that was told she would be without power until September 4.  I have another that has 2 feet of water in her basement and no power.  We feel very fortunate to have escaped the wrath of Irene.

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