I have spent over a week in evacuation shelters. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for my neighborhood of Rockaway Park on October 28. Yesterday (November 4) was the first time I've been in the area since then, because I had to meet with a FEMA employee who inspected my residence in accordance with a disaster claim. Below is the front of my residence:
Afterwards, I walked toward the boardwalk, and saw:
But the worst damage was on Rockaway Beach Blvd due to a fire that started October 29 and didn't end until November 1:
Election endorsements won't be posted today, but it should surprise no one that I'm endorsing Romney for President in tomorrow's election. At least the NYC Board of Elections came to its senses and allowed early absentee voting for evacuated residents at each borough's board of elections office until 5PM today.