Report (as of yesterday) on Sandra’s departure

From Mike Finkbeiner, the only engineer/surveyor in town who seems to understand waterfront issues. You got a home on the water or on a flood plain or are considering buying one, hire Mike to do an analysis (I can’t get his website,”earth” to respond at this moment, but I’ll fix the link soon- meantime, he’s in the book).

Assessment report- Tues Oct 30 am.

Winds South 25 – 35 mph
Waves 4-6 ft
Damaged docks – only observed at the Yacht Clubs.
General high water observed at NAVD (North American Vertical Datum of 1983) = FEMA Flood datum of 11.0 ft, or 15 ft over MLLW (NOAA’s tidal datum.)
Analysis of the storm surge to follow.
Findings:  This is a rainbow at the end – promising God will not destroy all mankind by means of flooding.
See Jones Rock Light off the Federal Calf Islands in Byram Harbor.
For SB – a follow-up photo of Old Greenwich Yacht Club – water about half way up the windows.  What were you all thinking with those sandbags?

Governor Cuomo sandbags?


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6 responses to “Report (as of yesterday) on Sandra’s departure

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    Are you and the reader ok? That was one bitch of a storm. I still have no power. Using my I phone like the cool kids!!
    Want to do brunch?
    Your Pal,

    • Well I feared that I lost my only reader but you’ve resurfaced. We’re all fine here in Riverside because, of course, it’s the premier neighborhood in Greenwich and God loves us like he loves the tribes of Israel- we’re extra special and deserve and get only good things.
      Or something like that.

  2. Walt

    I will be here for you. Now matter how much you suck. And you suck a lot. Try and write something. It’s therapeutic.
    Your Pal,

  3. Riverside

    Received this forwarded email from the Greenwich Point Conservancy:

    Greetings All – I hope you each made it thru the storm safely and with minimal damage to your properties. I am told that the storm surge equaled that of the famous 1938 hurricane (14 ft above mean high tide), and that much of the Point was underwater last night. The wind and waves were also fierce.
    Before the storm we were able to board the Cottage windows and place sandbags at the doors.

    I made it on to Greenwich Point this am to assess the damage (before it was closed to the public, apparently due to a major gas leak). The damage at the Point is substantial. The large boulders on the roadside wall on Tod’s Driftway were torn off and are in the road. The fences and sections of the roadway going in to the Point were ripped out, and the dunes to the left along the road as you approach Innis Arden Cottage are gone. The roadway is covered with new sand dunes and there are large mounds of sand in the cove. There is serious erosion around the Innis Arden Cottage (several feet of sand are gone) and the shingles on the back side of the Cottage, as well as the lattice work fences and porch doors have been ripped off and are gone. I was not able to go inside before having to leave due to the gas leak, but the windows and doors were all intact, as was the roof. The basic structure seems to have fared well.

    The Old Barn is much worse – the whole wall on the beach side is gone, and parts of the original stone walls around the Barn were destroyed.

    The good news is that both of these wonderful buildings are still standing, one after 110 years, the other after 125 years! So we are lucky for that, and we will begin the process of repairing damage to the Cottage and rebuilding the Barn asap.

  4. Only a foot higher than Irene…..
    This storm is a textbook perfect opportunity to advance planning for Storm Surge on a local level. All surge, no rain at Lunar High Tide with 24hour plus worst possible wind direction.
    We should take charge of our future based on real data not waste millions seeking State and Federal dollars.
    If we can’t plan, run and thrive as a community what community can ?

  5. AJ

    The ’91 “perfect storm” also ripped the capstones off the wall on Tod’s Driftway, and did serious damge to the foundations of the houses on the sound side of Shore Road opposite Lucas point. If the water made it halfway up to the windows on the OG Yacht Club, that means the surge may have only been seven to eight feet — your above photo looks about normal — because it’s not unusual for the tide to come almost right up to that building on full moon high tides. I also remember a nor’easter around 1980 that had some serious flooding. When I lived in NYC’s West Village, I used to frequently walk over to the Morton Street Pier and remember street level only being a few feet higher than the river. nor’easters are common and no one should be surprised by flooding. I recall being told that the storm that sank the sugar boat was known as the white hurricane, I guess it was a nor’easter with snow. After the ’91 storm the Feds offered anyone living on the water, I belive it was a $250,000 grant to elevate the foundation of their house. Did anyone in Riverside or OG take advantage?