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.
These are around the corner from where we used to live.
This is the roof of Seth’s Kindergarten teacher’s house.
The two oldest boyz learned to ride their bikes past this front yard.
I have always loved the planter bench around this tree. Full of flowers in the summer, welcoming someone to sit.
There is a house under all of that. Three huge trees. Less than a block from our Middle and High Schools.
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…
This 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.
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.