The 12 Days of (Hurricane) Sandy


On the first day of Sandy, the storm winds sent to me,
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the second day of Sandy, the storm floods sent to me
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the third day of Sandy, the storm floods sent to me

3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the fourth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard


On the fifth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the sixth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard



On the seventh day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the eighth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

8 Red Cross blankets
7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the ninth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

9 weeks of no heat
8 Red Cross blankets
7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the tenth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

10 looters looting
9 weeks of no heat
8 Red Cross blankets
7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard

On the eleventh day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

11 burned out businesses
10 looters looting
9 weeks of no heat
8 Red Cross blankets
7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard



On the twelfth day of Sandy, that damn storm sent to me

12 FEMA workers
11 burned out businesses
10 looters looting
9 weeks of no heat
8 Red Cross blankets
7 feet of water
6 tons of beach sand
5 flooded cars
4 charging stations
3 busted boilers
2 flooded basements and
a boardwalk in my front yard!



Notes
Photos were taken November 4, 2012 in Rockaway Park, Queens (Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Beach Blvd, and the Boardwalk), after I met up with the FEMA inspector. As of December 10, 2012, most of the boardwalk in Rockaway Park has been torn down. Power was restored to most of the salvaged buildings by December 1. But a slight majority of the businesses on Beach 116th Street have not been able to re-open.

Rockaway Wave newspaper

Compiled here December 2012