Many have lost property and loved ones after hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeastern coast of the US. I’m thankful to have suffered no immediate losses, but I’m far from immediately unaffected by the chaos Sandy whipped up. New York University Langone Medical Center suffered a significant loss of material and research resources after flooding from the storm surge resulted in a loss of primary, AND backup generator power, for more than 48hrs ( at time of writing) The loss of reagents, experiments, and animals involved with research will set many scientists back many years. Tomorrow, I’ll join the effort in scrambling to save what can be salvaged there.
Unfortunately, while walking around the neighborhood yesterday, Michele and I discovered that two young folks were killed on the night of the storm – due to a tree falling whilst walking their dog.
Photos below represent what is likely a typical scene in many NYC residential neighborhoods. I hope that many of you have come away without much suffering. While many of us in the city haven’t seen the worst of it, remember that there are many who have lost more than we might imagine, during the same storm. Stuff is just…stuff, afterall.