On Thursday, June 25, I went to Mickleton, New Jersey, to bring my sister two coolers, two bags of ice, and my Brooklyn Lantern because they'd had a BAD storm and she had no power which meant no lights, no fridge, no freezer.
I was shocked at the level of devastation to every town from Woodbury to Swedesboro! I could barely get down the roads for ripped up trees and hanging power lines and downed phone poles. I couldn't call her and she couldn't call out because the cell phone towers were all down too. And my sister is without a car, so she was really stuck.
The first sign of something really awful and strange was the WAWA off 295 at Mickleton, which had lines out to the highway waiting for gas. A lot of the food shelves were empty, and there were enormous lines for food. I left without gas or food and got on my way up Harmony Road, which as luck would have it was the only road open between Clarksboro and Swedesboro.
When I got to Kings Hwy, however there was a police road block. I explained that I was taking supplies to my sister who was only a quarter of a mile further up Kings and he let me through. That was when I was driving under trees with soaked branches that made it like driving through the car wash. When I got to her house, I saw the trees down, and fortunately only one hit a building. It was on her garage. Some of her friends had their cars all smashed. We checked on an elderly neighbor who had just come home from the hospital after heart surgery and who had a disabled wife. Fortunately by then, his grandson was at his home. He had a 150 year old oak fallen on his 130 year old house, crushing the third floor.
By Friday, my brothers had come, one from West Virginia, one from Philadelphia, to help my sister cut down some branches, but after one days work, it was clear that weeks would be needed. The maple canopy was enormous and a dozen truck loads of sawn branches barely made a dent. By Saturday morning, my sister had power again, but my brothers had to put off branch cutting due to rain.
Not much in the Courier Post about all this. I would have made it a cover story. I never saw anything like it. I think no news vans could get through, so they put the focus on other stories, but in my opinion, this was the BIG one!