Someone asked me a question on one of the forums I moderate. To answer his question thoroughly, I would have had to consult my color books, which were lost during Sandy. It made me think about what I lost from that storm.
To start off with, and this is the worst loss ever. Mom got pneumonia due to the storm. We lost power and heat for 3 weeks. I had previously installed a gas fireplace for her, and we used that as our heat source, but it wasn’t enough to keep her from getting sick. It was too much for her.
Aside from the devastating loss of the center of the family, I also lost many personal items as well as work stuff. I lived in the basement, so my apartment was under 7 feet of water. This included all of my furniture (I had a custom made wooden bedroom set hand made by my grandfather), a dozen guitars, many keyboards, keyboard and sound modules, 3 computers, 2 terrabytes of songs I recorded over the years, all of my backup drives full of data, collectibles including a 1934 Lionel train set, every Hess truck from 1964-2012, many still in boxes. Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars from the 60s up to recent, all in original boxes or packaging, many 1/24-1/25 scale plastic models from the 70s, HO trains, some as old as 1940, N gauge train sets, n gauge bus set, Aurora/AFX car and truck racing sets, books, records, movies VHS and DVD, cassette and 8 track tapes. I am sure I’m forgetting lots of stuff, like cooking utensils, pots, pans, plates, silverware, glasses, bedding, towels, clothing…..
Then, we go to the shop. The shop had a foot of water, so all the tools in the bottom drawers were lost. I kept all the power tools down there. I had just bought a few vintage power tools. They were on the floor. My jacks (4) were all lost as were Many other tools that were out as I was in the middle of a project when I went home for the day that fateful day. My welder was damaged, as were some of the other electrical equipment. My color books were on the bottom shelf of the paint mixing machine. I lost them as well as the entire bottom row of tints.
All in all, I lost about $250,000.00 in stuff I can never replace. I got exactly $0.00 in help from FEMA or anyone else anyway. We got just enough at the house from FEMA to replace the boiler, hot water heater and electrical panel, all of which were under water for two days. We lost out on getting more money because Mom was the owner of the house and when she passed, the lines of communication with FEMA were shut down instantly. We ended up selling the house as we couldn’t afford to finish fixing it and pay the mortgage as well. I am now renting an apartment, which is a new experience.