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Condition of Long Beach

I am interested in finding out how every one in Long Beach is doing.  I have a friend who lives there and I haven't been able to reach her since "Sandy" hit.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Peg Meerkatz December 08, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I WAS your neighbor in LIDO BEACH - LIDO TOWERS! I have MS & am disabled my mom will be 82 this Sumday WE LOST JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING & iy could take up to a year to rebuild the towers. We got a small 1 bedroom apartment in Westbury unti. then but the devestation... Photos, clothes, personal items, electronics,mom & I both had 2012 vehickes, Mine, a hand controled van was only 4 months old - GONE. They were parked behind the building, Sandy moved them all the way around the side & they crashed into one another. I dont think I'll ever fully recover seems like every hour I am reminded of another loss & I start crying again.
Carole Salowitz December 08, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Oh Peg - I am sooo very sorry for your losses......behind the headlines people are quietly suffering I live in Long Beach and it is a disaster zone ...so very sad a Yes,it was great to see so many caring people from the army, red cross, volunteer organizations so far we have received ZERO help from the Government, private Insurers ..... I too am crying over this disaster - wondering how we are going to get back on our feet ... and our damage was not nearly as bad as our neighbors... How are lower middle class people who are barely making it suppose to get help??? ---- the only thing we've received has been aggravation and the run around from FEMA, the flood policy that costs us almost $2000 yearly that says anything outside the physical structure is not covered and our cold-hearted car insurer that tried to low ball us over our 2 lost cars
Pat Caltabiano December 09, 2012 at 08:16 PM
It's not been pretty- some people are doing better with Boilers & heat installed some still struggling with emotions and reality now. A neighbor can't find someone to install her boiler anyone out there post your service # this neighbor is physically challenged ! I will call her My Own Block on Michigan Street has been in the NY times with unthinkable damage photos of cars piled own sand along with 1/2 the dunes in front but last night we gathered for the holidays and it was almost normal- my house is cold and empty with no heat and lots of renovation to be done , muscles ache and back again today for a FEMA inspection . It's far from normal here- spirits are strong businesses are re opening but not all no ctown no Bally Bannon no Minnesotas! None of my other friends on the Bay side have their homes One porch detailed and floated away and insurance payments are slow - it's slow very slow.
Rev Rickie C Marecek December 10, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Thanks to every one who responded to my post. I still haven't heard from my friend but I sent out a letter hoping it would reach her or her daughter. They live in the same house. I have tried her phone but it doesn't seem to be working. There is no cell phone to call. I am very worried. I'll keep trying. Can anyone tell me what the damage was on East Walnut Street?
Donna Ramirez December 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM
It is so sad what Long Beach is going through!!! I lost everything and I am fighting with my insurance companies daily. I have 250,000 in flood and separate homeowners but the co was smart and put my contents under homeowners so I get no reimbursement for all my losses. I have nothing and I cry day and night. I am losing my patience, where are our leaders???? Who is helping us???? I am renting a room that FEMA has not given me a penny. What a joke !!! We need the press to hear us!!!
Dave December 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM
What block of East Walnut St do they live on? My block of East Walnut St was hit hard but not nearly as bad as other parts of town.
Rev Rickie C Marecek December 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I believe it is the 300 block. Any news about that area? Thanks
Dave December 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I drove down that block on my way home last night. A few people were outside and said that most houses had water on the first floor and basements/crawlspaces....not as much water as the west end but enough that all the houses need repairs.

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