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November 8, 2012 at 3:04 am

Hurricane Sandy in Liberty, New York

Hurricane Sandy in Liberty, New York

Yesterday I shared with you how Hurricane Sandy effected my family.  Today I want to share with you what it has done to our small town nestled in the Catskill Mountains.

Liberty, New York is the place that I call home.  I grew up in this area.  Graduated from this high school.  Returned here with my husband and our first son, choosing to raise a family here.

Liberty has a about 9,600 people.  It is my small town.  To see what has happened to the homes and properties of neighbors, co-workers and friends has been heart wrenching.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da BoyzThese are around the corner from where we used to live.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da Boyz

This is the roof of Seth’s Kindergarten teacher’s house.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da Boyz

The two oldest boyz learned to ride their bikes past this front yard.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da BoyzI have always loved the planter bench around this tree.  Full of flowers in the summer, welcoming someone to sit.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty NY 2012 Momma D and Da Boyz

There is a house under all of that.  Three huge trees.  Less than a block from our Middle and High Schools.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da Boyz

These houses are in an idyllic part of town.  Quiet streets lined with modest houses with sidewalks and trees lining both sides.  So much so they shot a movie on this street this summer.  But that was before Hurricane Sandy did this…

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da BoyzAnd this…

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da BoyzThis is the home of John’s former co-worker.  One who lost his job two years ago.  Who has no homeowners insurance because he has been unemployed for that long.  Hurricane Sandy didn’t care about that.

Hurricane Sandy Liberty New York 2012 Momma D and Da Boyz

This is my town.  This is my home.  These are my people.  My community.  Part of my heart.  As we continue to clean up and repair we begin to move forward. Together.

2 Comments

  1. My heart goes out to you honey. As a life long Gulf Coast Native those scenes look all too familiar to what we see every few years down here. Its hard every time, but we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and life gets back to normal relatively quickly. Much love and hugs and prayers for NO MORE BAD WEATHER! 🙂

    • Thank you for your love, hugs and prayers Lynsey! I think what was hardest is that people aren’t used to this kind of thing and don’t take emergency planning seriously. Lucky for us (knock on wood!), tonight we seemed to gotten a ray of hope and missed out on the Nor’easter that they were expecting to drop several inches on us!

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