Our prayers go out to all that have been effected by Sandy. We experience tornados in Illinois.
In 2008, we did get 9 inches of rain from Katrina. Experienced flooding in our basement and thanks to my cousin and his family we bailed and used shop vacs to suck out the rain water.
Last year we had a basement system installed, as once you've had flooding, it continues to find a way in when the ground is saturated.
To all those out East--stay safe and remain strong.