Hurricane Sandy Reaches Kansas

by Rachel Creager Ireland

Weather here is typical for February, dreary and cold.

Weather here is typical for February, dreary and cold.

How big was the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy? This Kansas girl got a lesson in scale today.

There’s a man staying here at the Prairie Fire Inn and Spa who is bartering his room for labor. One of the jobs I’ve asked him to look at will require replacing some rotten wood on the exterior of one of the buildings. He says it’ll take about sixty feet of 1″x8″ wood.

I called Shep at the local lumberyard and asked him to deliver the wood, since we don’t have a truck. He said he was all out and would call me on Friday when it came in. Hadn’t heard from him on Tuesday, so I called again. The shipment had never arrived, but it was promised for tomorrow.

It turns out that the regional mills are sending 85% of the wood they mill to the Northeast, to rebuild after Sandy. 15% is remaining in the Midwest. When the shipment arrives, most of it will be spoken for by people on Shep’s waiting list, including myself.

How big was the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy? It was so big that, three months later and 1300 miles away, building materials are scarce.

We are living in interesting times, don’t you think?

It'll have to wait.

It’ll have to wait.

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