Hurricane Sandy I

10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
a fallen tree across the street from our condo complex
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut

Tuesday morning we went down to see how our beloved beach had fared in the storm. We kept taking turns with the camera so I’ll credit us both with the pictures in this post! Beach Pond Road was closed to traffic so we walked by the pond on our way to Eastern Point Beach. The storm surge had breached the dunes separating the pond from Long Island Sound, and pushed the water and debris across the street and up onto the lawns across the street.

10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
10.30.12 ~ Beach Pond Road, Groton, Connecticut
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
the surge had not fully receded from its highest level ~ 10.30.12 ~ Beach Pond
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
view of the flooded Beach Pond,
dunes and Long Island Sound in the background
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
same view, the bushes in the foreground were still surrounded by water

I think city workers had already plowed away the sand on the road because we were not at all prepared for the scene that awaited us when we got to the beach itself! The road there was covered with about a foot and a half of sand!

10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
10.30.12 ~ Eastern Point Beach, Groton, Connecticut
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
basketball court covered in sand
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
looks like the top of a tree from who-knows-where
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
Tyler House still surrounded by high water
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
a park bench turned over and buried in the sand
10.30.12 ~ Groton, Connecticut
amazed that we could step over the buried chain link fence

More pictures coming soon!

12 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy I”

    1. It was a sight to behold, AA! We were in kind of a daze trying to imagine how far inland the surge and waves must have came at high tide the night before.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! 🙂 Mother Nature is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and has a way of reminding us every so often of her incredible power.

  1. You were in my thoughts often during the week Barbara as I knew that you lived somewhere near where the storm was pradicted to hit. We’d be lost without the advance warnings being given; imagine not being forewarned! These are incredible scenes and show the power of nature to the full. I’m so pleased to hear that you are safe.

    1. Thank you for thinking of me, Joanne. That’s what was so amazing about that 1938 hurricane, no real warning unless you happened to read the newspaper. My father was walking home from high school when it struck and he was amazed and frightened by the force of the winds. When he got home he discovered his mom wasn’t home so he and his father were terribly worried about her. She had been visiting a neighbor and had decided she would be safer to stay put where she was. It was terrifying for all of them. We are lucky to get so much advanced warning these days. So very fortunate!

  2. Wow! The devastation from Super Storm Sandy … just incredible, from the tree across from your condo to the flooded Beach Pond, all the sand and the buried park bench. Just incredible. I saw Tyler House which was in the post I just looked at … I’m surprised it did not take a bigger beating. It looked okay and hopefully all the high waters did not get into the basement or do damage..

    1. Tim went out in the middle of the night during the peak of the storm, over my objections, and reported that Beach Pond Road was completely under water. When we went together to see this the next day we could see the water line half way up those lawns on the right. Fortunately all those areas had been evacuated. I wondered how high the water got around Tyler House but Tim couldn’t see that far down the street in the dark.

      1. Good that Tyler House looks like it is set up high, but with winds and waves crashing like that who knows the fate or for some other damaging weather event. Probably hard to get insurance on top of it. We have a lighthouse that is over 100 years old in a nearby city and we had ice covering the entire Detroit River a few years ago during a Polar Vortex and when the Coast Guard ice cutter came along to plow a path through the ice, the jagged edges of ice crashed up against the lighthouse base and did considerable damage to it.

        1. Yikes — I remember that story about the lighthouse from your blog post. Fortunately nobody lives in Tyler House, but I wonder if anyone was living there in 1938…

          1. I do think I mentioned it to you during the Polar Vortex, maybe when the dog was rescued from the ice. If you have not done a post on the history of Tyler House, you should write one. Your researching skills will likely unearth the story.

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