After I came home (after the Japanese earthquake shut down my university and apartment building), I went back to my parent's house in New Jersey until my graduate degree program started in September. My hometown of Cranford was one of, if not the hardest hit by Irene in New Jersey. I didn't take these, but this is what my town looks like right now.
Fortunately, I was helping my 'rents move into their house in Florida, and we were supposed to go back to New Jersey on Saturday to get my belongings for grad school. Even after the news of the storm had reached us- they wanted to be home in case we needed to drain anything.
Our flight was cancelled, and all flights through to Tuesday. So I'm still in FL. Tomorrow we fly to Ohio, connect to Baltimore, and then rent a truck to get us back home.
Got news of my hometown- it's flooded pretty bad. My street's on a hill, so our house is alright, but there's about half a foot of water in the basement, so all of my artwork is likely destroyed, as my workshop is the only thing down there besides a slop sink and some battered old furniture. However, the rest of the town is flooded solid- it's impossible to drive. The street adjacent to ours is under about two meters of water. Power is down (and will stay down until next week or so).
Fortunately, my parents' office building is a former bank, so it's waterproof in the basement (where the safe used to be) and it is in another town, so it has power. I'll go into work with my parents and stay there until we can get power in our old house.
Thankfully, I'm fine, my family is fine, all of my friends back home are fine, although one of my friends lives in a basement room and lost almost all of her possessions.
I hope all the other Eastern Seaboard Telltale-ers are doing okay. I can't do much, but please let me know if I can help in any way. Here's to a quick and relatively pain-free cleanup, okay?
(What the **** is up with me and natural disasters, anyway?)