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Oil Spill

Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/15/2012 - 12:58 PM

Sandy Aftermath Follow-up.

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.

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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.

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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.


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Posted by: Jason Christopher on 11/15/2012 - 1:32 PM

Im seeing things on these threads.... Good luck Roger! take a good flask of hot tea or coffee and hot food id say. hope its salvable, and fixable and dry. hope the state provide help to clear up...


Posted by: Charles Kozierok on 11/15/2012 - 1:46 PM

Ugh, that's awful. Feel really bad for all of you guys. Good luck with the cleanup.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/15/2012 - 1:49 PM

Thanks Jason for your concern....My flask is designed for another beverage. though


Posted by: Janice Drew on 11/15/2012 - 1:54 PM

Yes, it could have been worse, but this is incredibly sad. Wishing you and everyone touched by this monster storm brighter days ahead.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/15/2012 - 1:54 PM


You had mentioned kitty litter...Well, all the outside is now coated with kitty litter....What I fear is that I'll be stepping in cat turd when I get back.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 11/15/2012 - 2:00 PM

i guess cats absorb oil. but then how do you get rid of the cats. hope you don't smoke... at least nothing will squeak.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Jason Christopher on 11/15/2012 - 2:02 PM

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!


Posted by: Jean Noren on 11/15/2012 - 2:02 PM

So sorry about your situation.Good Luck.


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 11/15/2012 - 2:08 PM

Roger... You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something else I could do to help. Devastating, but at least your doing OK. Take care of what matters most...YOU!


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/15/2012 - 2:19 PM


Speaking of mud,

Here I am, at another time with different mud and plenty of friends.

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Posted by: Jason Christopher on 11/15/2012 - 2:29 PM

Mud! Mud! Glorious MUD!


Posted by: Harold Shull on 11/15/2012 - 7:42 PM

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.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/15/2012 - 7:53 PM

Just received a later photo of my house.

But before.that, this:

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Posted by: Nina Prommer on 11/15/2012 - 8:03 PM

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!!!!


Posted by: Theresa Tahara on 11/15/2012 - 8:08 PM

How terrible for you, Roger. Hope you get it dealt with soon.


Posted by: Daniel Rauch on 11/16/2012 - 9:45 AM

please tell me that cacaroach on the lamp in your funism photo is okay!

sorry you have all this to deal with really, not much i can offer other than words unfortunately, hang in there ...


Posted by: Regina Valluzzi on 11/16/2012 - 10:51 AM

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?


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 11/16/2012 - 3:36 PM

I can't truly express how I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers bestowed upon me at this particular time in my life.

I left the very comfortable home in Sugarloaf, NY, playing my last losing game of "Catan at about 1:30 last night.

I am now on Long Island, at my sister's house in East Meadow. Here there are down trees strewn about but, NO OIL!! and Mud.!!

I'm getting closer and closer to the site of nature's interruption to my status quo, Babylon, NY
I'm confident that the repair is in good hands, progressing at a steady pace.

One of these days, I'll check it out...but for now I have to tend to the hole in head (MOHS).

Thanks again.


Posted by: Mary Ellen Mueller-Legault on 11/16/2012 - 9:08 PM

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.


Posted by: R Allen Swezey on 11/21/2012 - 5:55 PM


Today, was the first day I dared to go to my place.... I went alone...No one was anywhere in the area

Even though, everything in the house below 4 feet was gutted , I found myself not depressed.

As I went through, I kept saying to myself, "Oh!, I still got this" followed by "Oh! I still got that"


Posted by: Janice Drew on 11/21/2012 - 6:23 PM

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.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 12/01/2012 - 11:44 PM

Follow up,

Because of the oil inundation , the house will probably be condemned and torn down


Posted by: Christine Till on 12/02/2012 - 2:01 AM

Oh no!
Do you have insurance that covers most of the damage, including a new house ?


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 12/02/2012 - 3:24 AM

Such unfortunate news, Roger. :-(

Take care of your head; you're in my thoughts.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 12/02/2012 - 5:55 AM

What terrible news. We can put up a bed if you needed to get away....bit far but you would always be welcome to visit Roger the Vulture who resides in my living room.....and us of course


Posted by: Mike Savad on 12/02/2012 - 8:34 AM

fema should cover you for that, make sure you sign up with them.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: R Allen Swezey on 12/02/2012 - 8:50 AM


Fema's money is already in the bank.

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.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 12/02/2012 - 9:00 AM

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.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: R Allen Swezey on 12/02/2012 - 9:10 AM


I've already bought $300 worth of kitty litter.

And if I ever go back it will be gas. not only me every other oil users in the area., for there were many other oil tanks floating all over the place...Mine stayed in place..


Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 12/02/2012 - 2:35 PM

@ Elizabeth "Roger the Vulture"???? I'm intrigued.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 12/02/2012 - 2:58 PM


This may help you:

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Posted by: Mary Ellen Mueller-Legault on 12/02/2012 - 3:15 PM

You can only walk forward on the 'stones' that are place on your path; I am sure the destination, whether it be your old restored house or a completely new one, will once again become HOME to you.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 12/06/2012 - 5:58 PM

Weekly Follow up;

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

Thank you guys.


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