We have a slight problem. Our Early Responders Team has a call to Long Island and possibly Staten Island, but we are having trouble finding out if the bridges, tunnels are open so we can get there! We are having arrangements for lodging and fuel and jobs made by the churches, but can't find out if we can actually get there.
I tried to find out if there is a site listing and mapping closures or openings and kept current, but am just getting a lot of outdated information. Here we have maps for snow and construction closures, so are hoping there is something like that for Sandy survivors. We will probably need it on our iPhones and other computers as we approach eastern New York, too, which goes without saying, I guess.
Your help is much appreciated.
I don't know about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to SI, but driving access to Long Island is fine. There are three ways to get to LI:
(1) through the Bronx (mainland USA) then over the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) Bridge, the Whitestone Bridge or the Throgs Neck Bridge to Queens (which is geographically Long Island)
(2) through NJ over to Manhattan (an island) then to Brooklyn (also geographically Long Island) or Queens, and finally
(3) via ferry from Connecticut.
Thanks. We are thinking about the ferry because the rest of the trip would be a lot easier, although from our launch points coming from the south is more logical mileagewise. But, we will have at least 3 cars and our baby motor home, all of which are fine on ferrys, but the extralong pickup with our service trailer might be problematic in this emergency. Local need the ferry, too! ('Local' is not an insult - when you come to northern Illinois, I will proudly be a 'local'.)
We have secure parking now, but are still worried about the gasoline. Our major imperitive is NOT to be part of the problem, which until this trip has been pretty easy. But we are trying. I am in charge of water and food, and as our son is team lead, I am trying to help him, too.
We are still sad that not everyone has power, fuel is short, and some water is not usable. It kind of makes me wonder if we are coming in too soon, even though in less populous, less waterbound areas now is the time. (Frustrated emotocome needed
, for both you guys and us. ) Just praying and planning.
Ehell has helped a lot in our understanding. The news media is doing its best, but I think hearing from you all is better. Thanks.