||SEBASTIAN BACH'S HOME DESTROYED BY HURRICANE IRENE
31st August 2011
Despite being "numb" and "in shock", former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach tried to look on the bright side after his New Jersey mansion was ruined by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.
The 43-year-old said he had been hanging on to the house following his divorce earlier this year, but he now feels inspired to fully relocate to hard rock capital Los Angeles.
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Writing on Facebook, Seb said: "I have been holding on to my house since December, when my divorce papers were filed.
"I just could not let go of the only home I had ever known. Well, God has other plans for me it seems. He has made His decision for me.
"My home has been taken away by an Act Of God. I just think He is giving me a much needed push, is all. New Jersey, thank you all so much for 25 years of rock n' roll.
"It's all over now. I will always love New Jersey but now there is literally nothing left for me here except memories of a past life.
"Hello, Los Angeles. Hello, New Life. Here I Am. It's time for a new start, like I have a choice."
"I am numb, in shock, and devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV Cribs, has been destroyed, condemned, and deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene."
Seb was shocked that so much damage was done to the property, as it had been completely watertight for more than two decades but an overflowing reservoir saw his land flooded with water, while a nearby bridge was snapped and sent careering into his home.
He said: "There has never been a single drop of water in the basement or anywhere else in the structure.
"Now Irene has overflowed the reservoir adjacent to my house.
"The surging waters have snapped the bridge in half next to my house and sent the bridge straight into my garage, knocking the house off of its foundation.
"The basement that has been dry for over two decades is now overflowing with water and I am not even allowed to start pumping the water out due to fears of electrocution.
"Gone are irreplaceable items, such as my Kiss gargoyles from the 1979 tour, Kiss pinball machine, Skid Row master tapes, video and audio, concerts, master tapes from Oh Say Can You Scream.
"Boxes and boxes of one of a kind Skid Row memorabilia, from the first tour to our last, all stuff I collected on the road that no one else had.
"I had a library in the basement with every single magazine that had Skid Row on the cover.
"This library took up a big part of the basement. All of this is lost now. We will salvage what we can of course.
"But how I wish there was a reason to do a box set or something before Hurricane Irene hit. Nobody cared.
"Now it's too late. Don't know what you got till it's gone, indeed.
"This has really taught me that the best things in life are indeed 'free'.
"What makes me happy is that my children and ex wife are safe. My Dad's art is unharmed.
"No one got hurt. My scrapbooks of memories of my life are dry and safe.
But he said it would be a while yet before he could salvage his possessions from the property.
He said: "We are not allowed into the house yet to retrieve everything because the foundation has crumbled and the house could conceivably collapse at any second.
"We are working with the police and fire department to get the electricity turned off so no one gets electrocuted entering the premises.
"As soon as the power is off we will pump out the basement and salvage what we can.
"Everything will be put into storage and then it looks like we will level the house."