By Joseph Kellard
The Long Beach
Beach Patrol station being lifted and knocked into the boardwalk was the
signature image of Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
In the aftermath of
Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, not a trace of the structure was left.
As I drove
around Long Beach on Tuesday morning, this was one of the many outstanding
scenes I came across.
Others included four neighboring homes destroyed by fire
in the Canals, sections of the boardwalk on Park Avenue six blocks away, and
cars clustered together on many side streets throughout town.
I talked to the
National Guard and a State Trooper on Oceanview and Michigan in the West End,
where the dunes were wiped away and sat in mounds on these streets.
concerned with the second coming of high tide tonight,” the trooper told me
when I asked what residents were telling him.
While on West
Beech Street, Donald and Christina Federlin of Georgia Avenue hitched a ride
from me. They heard that the 7-Eleven on Long Beach Boulevard was the only
store open in town.
surge looked like we had the Mississippi River running down Georgia Avenue,”
Donald said. “We had about four feet of water rolling down the street.”
lives on the second floor of a home on the beach, where the dunes were washed
They said their neighbors’' basements were all flooded and cars damaged.
They had parked their vehicles at the Rockville Centre train station the night
believe in taking chances,” Christine said.
When I asked
Donald how Sandy compared to Irene, he said there is no comparison.
like a thunderstorm compared to this,” he said.
When I drove to
the Canals on the other side of town, I came across four adjacent homes, at
Farrell Street and Barnes Street, each devastated by fire Monday night.
O’Conner, a resident of Armour Street at East Pine Street, was one of the
spectators taking photos at the scene.
“We could see the flames up in the air,” he told about Monday night’s
power, and with it his phone service, so he was walking over to his brother’s
house on Curley Street. He estimated there was eight feet of water in his
basement, after Sandy forced about 10 feet of bay water onto his street.
“It stayed for about an hour and went down
inch by inch,” he said.
he was going to his brother’s house to figure at what they were going to do in
the wake of the storm.
still in a little bit of shock,” he said. “I’ve been down here since the
mid-1970’s; I’ve never seen water like this.”
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