Tim Kinneman, nephew of Oak Ridge resident Jim Kinneman, looks down a flooded street in Keansburg, N.J. in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s passage through the mid-Atlantic state.
By Thomas Lester
The images that poured into households across the country on Oct. 29 were shocking.
As Hurricane Sandy made landfall on that Monday evening just southwest of Atlantic City, N.J., high winds and heavy rains paralyzed one of the world's most vibrant metropolitan areas. Streets became canals, facades of buildings were ripped off and emergencies were declared all along the eastern seaboard.
Here in northwest Guilford County, we were fortunate. All we got from Sandy was a sporadic rain and higher than normal winds. However, many in the area were impacted because of lifelong friendships and family connections in the areas that were hit the hardest.
To read about area residents' efforts to connect with family and friends affected by the storm, see the Nov. 9-15 Northwest Observer.