the height of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, York and Bonnie Edwards were ready to
retreat to the attic of their bungalow at 24 E. Pine St. in Long Beach.
had just watched the bay and ocean converge on the street, the
water rapidly headed toward their side door.
happened in a matter of five minutes,” Bonnie recalled. “It was like a wave
water flooded their basement and started to rise toward the first floor, but it
been surviving,” York said on Friday as he filled his mud-splattered Durango
with gas from a red container. The 4x4 was one of his four vehicles that Sandy somehow
spared as she ripped through the city Oct. 29.
said his house has been fully powered since he purchased a generator for $900
from Ace Hardware in Island Park. He’s warming his home with kerosene heaters,
having purchased four gallons of the fuel for $65 in the neighboring village.
who is retired from the U.S. Army, and Bonnie, a retired teacher’s assistant at
Long Beach Middle School, have lived in their home for 40 years. They said they
had never experienced such flooding there before, not even during Hurricane
Irene last year.
the bungalow behind their home didn’t flood, York spent more than two days
after the storm pumping water from his basement. Nearly everything down there —
the freezer, furniture and washer and dryer — was destroyed. Just one thing was
have hot water because the hot water tank didn’t go,” York said with a smile.