It's been almost a week since Sandy hit our area.  In my portion of Union County major problems still exist.

Orchard Street in Cranford Amy Wright photo

First of all, I consider myself blessed.  There were no power outages on my street and no damage to my home.

My heart goes out to the residents and business owners along the coast who have experienced unimaginable loss.

Here, in my neck of the woods, in central Union County, most of Westfield, Springfield Township and residential sections of Cranford are still without power.  That translates to a precious few operable gas stations.  You know that deal.

The photo of the downed tree is a common sight in my neighborhood.  According to Cranford police chief, Eric Mason, there are 418 downed trees in his town.  More than 200 of those trees fell on power lines.    Sadly, many trees fell onto homes and vehicles.

If your home was damaged by the storm you may contact F.E.M.A..  Their toll free hotline number is 1-800-621-3362.

Once again, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you whose lives have turned upside down.

It may take some time, but we will rebuild, and in the end, be better than ever.