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While I've been comfortably here in Sugarloaf NY, pestering Mike Savad on another thread, my Godson and friend finally went down to my house 4 days ago, to asses the damage, clean-up and safe off the house from further damage.
Little did they know, that the major problem was the oil spill, from all the overturned heating oil tanks, including mine.
Everything to a 5'+ level outside and a 3' level inside was covered with a thick coating of OIL!!
Not only did the two have to deal with the slipping and the sliding, they had to deal with the neighbors that had gas.
Almost everything was gutted , including the oil furnace and all the drywall up to 4 feet was ripped out and will be replaced next week
Here was the status of my "studio" when they opened the door...5 feet of water turned everything as you can see upside down. Stuff floated up and stuff came crashing down.
I plan to go back to Long Island tomorrow, staying at my sister's house, dealing with FEMA, and dealing with this hole in my head.
I know it was a lot worse on Staten Island and the Jersey Shore,..But I think I enough to deal with at my place.
Good drop of brandy in ur hot flask Roger!! Prob best not to get completely pissed (ie drunk) b4 u get there esp if driving.... well all i can say is that Egyption civilisation was prob the greatest ever known (at least of the ancients.. who knows how we might pan out yet...) and such was the benefit of the Nile thatflooded the banks every year with aluvium mud of great fertilising content enabling a vast civilisation to be fed and flourish! er... so if you plant things then things might grow better... the oil probably wont help... im allergic to cats... those lil pussys... help keep the rats away tho... welly boots advised too!
Oh my God, Roger, and here I thought I had problems. I am so very sorry my friend that you have been hit this hard. I hope you have insurance that will cover most, if not all, of this damage. You are too good a guy to be hurt this bad. If I had two good legs, I would volunteer my services to you to help you clean up that mess but unfortuantely I would just be in your way. Hang in there my friend and don't be anything like me - when somebody, such as family offer to help you - don't say, it's OK, I will manage. Sometimes the project is just too big for one person to handle.
oh no, this is not so good Roger, at least you are standing tall and strong and safe, as horrid as this is, it can be cleaned up and who knows you might up with a much better house afterwards
I hope you have helping hands and many sales
PS: I love the Dead Sea mud photo, been there, done that, came out of it with shiny skin!!!!
Hi Roger - what part of LI? I have friends and family near the Nassau/Queens line (North and middle Island) and on the Eastern South Shore between Westhampton Beach and Shirley/Mastic. They've been using Facebook to post services that people have been donated to those affected in their areas - pumping trucks, tree hauling, etc. Are you close enough to either locale to make sense to forward links as I see them?
The hole in the head is more important that the hole in the house (so to speak), so let the chips fall where they may for that incident, but play the winning cards you have for the hole in the head. Keep positive and keep active..... We are with you in spirit... you seem to have a really, really good attitude. Bravo and good luck.
Roger, after all you have gone through and continue to go through, you remain upbeat. That's a wonderful example for all of us. I'm happy to read you didn't lose everything. Be strong and most importantly, take care of your health first.
When you have most of your tank full of oil, sitting now,in the crawl space beneath your house, after coating everything inside and out , there seems that ain't nothing you can do except ripping everything out.
I'm seeing an oil spill removal expert tomorrow at that very smelly site.
hope you don't smoke.... i guess you can buy a ton of kitty litter and coffee?
problem is, once the oil is soaked into the wood and such it will never leave. but then again it will never rot, but i'm betting it would be spongy... though if you do rebuild, i would either really bolt down that oil tank, use gas, or just not live close enough to water that this could happen again.
Before doing anything else, the oil spill Has to be dealt with...and has been quoted at $10,000...and that's after all the floor boards in the house are torn out ( to get at the crawl space underneath) the backyard decking and all the brick paths and planting are removed..
And if I stay, I'll have to appease my next door neighbors, that dearly want to divide the property between them.
And I'm so thankful for this forum to get my mind off that situation