Thanks For Your Good Wishes for New York City (and Me) During Hurricane Sandy.

Thanks, everyone, for all your kind messages about Hurricane Sandy. New York City, where I live, is flooded and battered this morning. Millions of people in the tri-state region don’t have power; the flooding is terrible; wind damage is terrible; the area has been declared a “major disaster.”

For New York City, the greatest threat came from the storm surge that flooded the low-lying parts of the island. It’s unbelievable to see videos of water rushing through neighborhoods and tunnels that are usually packed with people, cars, and activity.

My family and I are very, very, very fortunate. Our neighborhood is far from the water and has been unaffected by flooding, and we still have power. My daughters’ school was closed yesterday and today; the mass transit system closed on Sunday night, and in New York City, nothing happens without mass transit. We haven’t left the apartment since Sunday afternoon, so I haven’t been able to see what’s going on around us–we can’t see much from our apartment windows–but whatever has happened will be minor compared to what’s happened elsewhere.

Writing Happier at Home made me focus much more deeply on the role of my home, my neighborhood, and my city in my happiness–and seeing this kind of devastation makes me feel an even more fierce love of every aspect of “home.”

Now I’m off to watch the news again.

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  • Yoga Gal

    Having lived in the US for 15 years but now in the UK, we stayed up to watch the coverage and thought about what we would do if we were anticipaing this kind of natural disaster. Get on a plane when all the airports are affected and flights cancelled, drive when roads and bridges are flooded or closed or stay put and hope for the best. It is a time for everyone to be much more mindful of the power of nature when our eco system is under threat, upset by over consumption.

  • peninith1

    So glad to hear that you are outside the circle of extreme damage. The effects of the storm are horrific, but it looks like planning efforts at least made sure that the most affected areas were closed and evacuated. I want to give a nod to my now-retired colleague, Allen MacDuffie, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District (North Carolina) who spent many years of his career helping New York City to make plans for the potential effects of a major storm surge on the city. Planning helps!! Stay safe, warm wishes for all to cover, and my thoughts with those in Queens and elsewhere who have lost their homes to fires.

  • brettblumenthal

    So glad to hear you are safe and sound…and dry!

  • Megan Gordon

    Glad all is well with you and yours.

  • susana

    I´ve been following the news. Hope you haven´t be too scared. So glad you are o.k

  • Elin Goulden

    Very glad to hear you & your family are safe, Gretchen. I’ve been keeping up with the news & images coming from the eastern U.S. and praying for all in Sandy’s path.

  • ellen

    really glad you r safe!

  • Monica

    so glad everything is okay, will keep you and everyone involved in hurricane Sandy in my prayers.

  • KH

    Thought about you when I heard about the damage, so happy to hear that you’re safe and sound!

  • Millefeuille

    Glad to know you’re safe and well.

  • Nela

    Good to learn you’re safe. Keep taking care and all the best to you and everybody in NY.