The "Small Town Travel Examiner" is hosting a trip back in time to re-visit some of the 2012 natural disasters that left America stunned. There are too many to write about in one article, so there will be follow-up articles on this subject. Well, with that said, climb aboard, and take the timeline tour.
The first stop on this excursion is Mantoloking, N.J, a town with a population of approximately 5,000, or at least is was before Hurricane Sandy made a unwanted visit there. This town, which is a barrier island on the Atlantic Shoreline took a beating when Sandy brought its wind, rain and tidal surges ashore, but that was not all that the town and its residents had to suffer from. The storm evidently damaged natural gas pipelines, and a huge fire engulfed much of the town. Firefighters could not initially get to the fires because of washed out and flooded roads.
The next stop is actually three stops, The towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt, N.J. were left underwater by the overflowing Hackensack River, which was caused by rain and tidal surges from Sandy. According to Jeanne Baratta, Chief of Staff County of Bergen, and Mayor of Fair Lawn, N.J. the flood affected around 2,000 residents.
As we leave the damage from Sandy, we head west to Henryville, Ind., where the tornadic winds from an F-4 tornado almost destroyed the entire town on March 2, 2012, and killed at least three people. According to reports, houses were ripped from their foundations. A school bus was blown into a house in such a manner that it looked like the dilapidated bus backed into the carport. Another school bus was blown onto its side just as school was letting out. It was a miracle that more people were not killed.
Just a whistlestop away from Henryville, we visit the town of Maryville, Ind.. It too was almost wiped off the face of the earth by this same tornadic system. This system, spawned numerous tornadoes and left over 40 deaths thoughout its multi-state rampage.
Another town devastated by a tornado, was Harrisburg, Ill., a town of about 9,000. Eight people lost their lives to this storm on February 29, 2012. This leap year would be remembered in this town for many years.
Be sure to watch the video and check out the slideshow of these natural disasters of 2012.There were many other natural disasters that hit small town America in 2012, and these will be chronicled here in the next few weeks.
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