A tree on the corner of Willett Avenue and City Terrace North fell and blocked the road. (Photo by Peter Witkowsky)

by Alexis Coronato

While Hurricane Sandy was devastating to parts of New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and other areas of the northeast, overall  Newburgh, New York was quite fortunate. The wind blew hard all day Monday,  power wasn’t lost until about 9:30 that night. There was enough forewarning to be as prepared as possible for what was to come.

Driving around Newburgh on Tuesday morning was a real eye-opener to the situation. Several trees were down on Grand Street and the waterfront was flooded. City workers were already out cleaning up debris, a process that will continue to last for days to come.

Residents living on campus at Mount Saint Mary College had emergency generators that supplied partial power, while those in the Garden Apartments were lucky enough not to lose any power at all. Central Hudson power was restored around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, allowing afternoon classes to resume as scheduled.

Due to a loss of coastal ports to the storm, there was a gas shortage by Friday. People were coming in from New Jersey and  New York City to fill their tanks, rendering our stations much busier than usual; lines were lasting anywhere from minutes to hours and gas was running out quickly. At the stations around here that did have gas, prices quickly rose back over $4 per gallon.

Hopefully things will get back to normal around here soon. Although Hurricane Sandy provided a nice little vacation from school for students, it is important that we don’t forget about those who lost homes, cars, possessions, and even loved ones.

You can donate $10 to Red Cross hurricane relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 (standard text messaging rates apply). You can also visit http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations to donate a larger amount, or to donate in honor of someone in particular.