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What's your Sandy story?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis October 30, 2012 07:34 AM

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Whew, that was close. Super storm Sandy has blown over, leaving hundreds of thousands without power across Massachusetts and more than a few battered homes and apartment buildings across the Boston area.

A storm like this exposes subpar construction. Yes, winds were high, but when the roof comes off - as was the case with a local condo complex - it might be worth asking a few questions.

I spent the storm nervously tracking an old tree at the top of my driveway, perched precariously between my now renovated Natick fixer-upper and my neighbor Richard's house.

It proved to be solid enough, yet it could have easily undone ten years of work on my house. (Not to mention posing a threat to life and limb.)

More than a few people, though, were not as lucky, with falling trees damaging homes across Greater Boston.

This 87-year-old woman was saying the rosary when a tree crashed through the power lines and into her Watertown apartment building, setting it ablaze.

And of course, for the estimated 288,000 still without power across the state, the storm won't truly end until the lights go back on.

After stumbling last fall in the aftermath of two major storms, the power companies are under pressure from state officials to do a better job getting the lights back on in a timely fashion.

Was your house damaged by Sandy? Did you have any close calls? What was your storm experience?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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