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East Coast on the minds of many Vandalia residents

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Like many Vandalia area residents who either once lived on the East Coast or have family and friends still living there, I was nervous for the many people I know affected by Hurricane Sandy this week.
As of Tuesday morning, more than three million people were at one time without power and residents were still bracing themselves for another day of high winds, floods, and rainfall. For BGE alone in Maryland, they had 230,000 out of a possible 1.2 million without power late Monday night. I was glued to the internet viewing photos of places I know and seeing the devastation this Hurricane left behind.
Just this past May, I took my wife and our two boys to Ocean City, Md. We went to the end of the boardwalk and put our feet in the water when the tide came in late in the afternoon when we were there.
We were near the large pier seen in many photos on television that is no longer as it once was after more than 100 feet of it washed away. The nearby boardwalk has since been destroyed. We spent a couple of hours in this area and its strange for our family to see it completely gone. For those of you who are curious, as of press time, the family and friends I’ve been able to remain in contact with are doing okay. Many lost power but are unharmed. My cousin lost his fence and my grandmother, who lives just two streets away from the Chesapeake Bay, didn’t have many problems in large part to my uncle’s commitment to prayer and preparation. Their power was out for about six hours but he had previously purchased a generator and was ready. They did have a small leak to battle. The nearby Miller’s Island, however, was submerged in water. My father lives about an hour west of Baltimore and had his home get pounded with wind on but as of press time just had some down limbs. A friend of mine from college did have a tree land on her home, a few have flooded roadways, and Trapper Sam O’Keefe didn’t have power at his home for more than 14 hours. He said his road was flooded and he doesn’t know when things will get back to normal where he lives. This is a scary time for so many millions of people living on the coast and more than 20 people lost their lives. Please be sure to keep them in your prayers.
There are billions of dollars in damage and it will take some time to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Congratulations goes to both Leah Mays and Ryan Kitchen for advancing to the Class 1 state championships after running for Community R-VI in districts this past weekend. Up next for both is the tough state course at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City, Mo. on Saturday, November 3.
If you see these two runners, be sure to congratulate them on their accomplishment as they helped a young cross country program send runners to compete at the highest level for the second time in two years.