Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | March 16, 2010

The Nor’Easter of the Decade

You may have heard about our Nor’Easter this weekend. I didn’t realize at the time what a big storm it was. After all, I was home with a bad cold and pink eye and only left the house once. Fortunately, we didn’t experience any of the damage wrought by the storm. Sure we had a lake in our back yard, which receeded the next day. And it was really windy. And streets in the next town over were blocked off because of water.

We moved to New Jersey in interesting times. Everyone keeps telling us that the weather this year is abnormal. This storm was the worst in more than a decade, bringing a month’s worth of rain in two days. We had thunder and lightening (and hail in some places). If it was snow, it would have been 3-4 feet. Some areas received up to six inches of rain (we got less, though).

This after the February snowstorms broke a 130 year old record for snowfall in the state.

The storm brought power outages to more than 120,000 residents (again, fortunately not us). It downed trees and powerlines, flooded some towns and rivers. After seeing the damage shown in the newspaper photos, I realized just how lucky we were.

Sadly, two Orthodox Jewish men died while walking home from services on Saturday, hit by a tree that split in half. They were a minute’s walk from their home, and both leave behind families with young children.

Our friends in the neighboring town, Cranford, got flooded basements and backed up sewers when the river went above flood stage.  Some of our neighbors had flooding issues in their basements. Fortunately our sump pump worked and the French drain did its job. Our house apparently had flooding/water issues years ago, but previous homeowners took care of it. And we’re very grateful. And we’re even more grateful that our power worked, since our sump pump doesn’t have battery backup. Yet. And we have new carpet and new furniture in the basement, plus our water heater and boiler system.

I never had to worry about basement flooding in Arizona. Or California. I just worried about earthquakes and living on landfill – but that’s another story.

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