While the news on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 was dominated by images and soundbites detailing damage sustained in the northeastern US as a result of Hurricane Sandy, no reports of major issues with the Orthodox Church in America’s numerous parishes throughout the region have been received.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the Chancery offices on Long Island remain without power, while access to the grounds has been severely restricted due to downed trees. He estimated that some 20 trees had toppled, blocking the entry drive, adding that the Chancery likely will be closed for at least one more day, depending on when power is restored and trees and other debris can be cleared.
Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, situated directly north of New York City, sustained downed trees and remains without power. The campus’ buildings did not sustain any damage.
No word has been received with regard to possible damage at any of the parishes in the Dioceses of New York and New Jersey, Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and New England, many of which were in the immediate path of the storm.