Top Photos: Hurricane Sandy Scenes in Long Beach

Berms at the Beach Patrol station at National Boulevard on Oct. 28, the day before the storm.
Berms at the Beach Patrol station at National Boulevard on Oct. 28, the day before the storm.
From the berms that lined the beach before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Long Beach, to the demolished sections of the boardwalk, to the debris that mounted outside storm-damaged homes, to the volunteers who assisted with recovery efforts, Patch photographers were in every corner of the city capturing these and other scenes before and weeks after the storm. For this year-end gallery we've put together some snapshots that we think tell at least some of the many newsworthy lines throughout.  

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Photos by Joseph Kellard and Joley Welkowitz

Terri Frisone December 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Instead of showing what happened in Long Beach how about correcting the massive damage. The boardwalk should have been taken down already. The one in Rockaway is down. The loose boards and misc. debris is going to fly around during another storm like last night. The most important thing is what are you going to do about protecting the coastal homes during the winter???
paul.d.spellman December 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Terri, I could not agree more, Messrs Kellard and Welkowitz, the authors of this story and members of the media should be out tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn with shovels and sledgehammers correcting the boardwalk. They should immediately stop reporting on any aspect of Sandy and or its aftermath including taking and posting pictures of it.
BSM December 27, 2012 at 07:09 PM
So nice to see Terri is concerned about how others fared during the storm. I wonder what she plans to do to alleviate some of the problems - or is she just waiting for someone else so she can criticize?
Tonto Hertzberg December 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The people of Long Beach have been working like hell to restore their homes and the homes of their neighbors as well. The incredible job that the community and the City workers have done will be long remembered by most that lived through it. We are fighting back and we are winning. One board of sheet rock at a time and one plank on the boardwalk at a time. We have no time for whiners and complainers, the takers and the do-nothing rats. You want something done? Get off your ass and help.
Beachguy December 28, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Easy Ken. Easy. You're starting.
Beachguy December 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Take a look at the story in today's Times about crushed property values. Sure hope we don't get whacked again. BTW-- can knowledgable people comment on the issues surrounding what to use as replacement for floors. Everyone says to use wonder board type walls. But what about floors? I'm told to use similar type materials because in the event of more flooding it won't have to be ripped up, just hosed down. Yet I know of a woman in IP who had this kind of flooring and it had to be ripped out because it buckled. I certainly don't want to spend a lot of money only to see it in the dumpster again.
paul.d.spellman December 28, 2012 at 07:56 AM
BG, Wonder board type walls, are you talking on the first floor of wood construction house? What good will that do? If you get flooded you will need to remove the wonder board to get at the insulation and wooden studs so as to dry them out. So now you paid more for the wonder board and you still need to do a rip. The floors? Did you rip up your subfloor or just the finished floor? Once again same issue, unless you are able to remove all wood and float a concrete slab and lay tile you will be ripping it up come the next flood.
SurferBilly December 28, 2012 at 08:31 AM
The Times article today is scary. The fact that locals are featured makes it more troubling in my book. I've been working for weeks to get my place back in shape , but I'm starting to wonder about a few of my neighbors going the other route. Troubling.
danny-boy December 28, 2012 at 09:09 AM
So portions of the boardwalk are damaged, and they will take it all down. I'm not sure that that makes sense, sections I've seen are structurally sound, it will sure save money to leave sections intact, and perform minor repairs. This would allow for some of the boardwalk to be available for use this summer. We probably won't have a boardwalk for 2 years with the all or nothing approach.
paul.d.spellman December 28, 2012 at 09:10 AM
SB, Although it is totally different scale (not that all would agree with that assessment) studies conducted after Katrina found that 13 months afterwards only slightly more than 80% of residents had returned to "low damage" areas and just over 30% to "high damage" areas. Not sure how that study can be correlated to our situation in LB, but looking around and based on stories like you mentioned I think sections of town are in for an interesting and complete change. Here we are almost 2 months removed and can anyone estimate the number of businesses who are open in the west end. http://www.bls.gov/ore/pdf/ec090060.pdf
Tonto Hertzberg December 28, 2012 at 09:16 AM
What the NY Times is NOT telling you is that some folks are taking the flood insurance payoff and then selling their home at a repair discount. In effect, full price. Imo, Long Beach real estate will be more valuable than ever soon. The storm memories will fade and the new boardwalk, new stores and restored berm will be largely a reality. Long Beach came through this storm as a very strong community with good neighbors and a strong beach side spirit. Do not let vultures like the real estate rats mentioned in the article color your decision making process. In addition, my advice is the never, under any circumstances EVER do business with the human garbage that are now using this tragedy ti line their pockets. I would also NEVER do business with the real estate offices that employ these cretins. By next summer, homes will be in big demand. Those that sustained little to no damage to the home itself because they are raised up will be at a premium and more in demand than ever, commanding top dollar. Remember, you live on a beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach that is located 28 miles for Times Square. They dont make oceanfront property like that anymore and you would be wise not to let shiesters like the ones featured in the NY Times article block bust your community.. In closing, perhaps a real estate professional can begin the process of investigating these louts to see if they have violated any of the ethical guidelines of the RE industry. I KNOW I will never again deal with any person or business associated with this aarticle.
paul.d.spellman December 28, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Ken, On the ethics of real estate people, Mr Kettle meet Mr Pot. Most of the houses with flood insurance have mortgages, how will they pull off the flood insurance in my pocket and not the mortgage company switch?
Tonto Hertzberg December 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM
In addition, if you own a home that was not damaged, like many in Atlantic Beach and East Atlantic Beach and Lido then the value of your home is GREATER than it was before the storm, especially if you have taken measures to raise up your mechanical and plumbing systems. My advice is to protect your home values by pointing out the NY Times article to your friends and neighbors and ask them to NEVER do business with these cretins in ANY form....either their current vulture status of any other line of business they engage in......If they want to harm YOU and your family by undermining home values then they should be aware that we are not going to sit back and take it.
paul.d.spellman December 28, 2012 at 09:37 AM
That's the Ken Kettle we all know, pushing Lido/AB at the expense of LB
Tonto Hertzberg December 28, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Paul: Maybe you should focus on the bloodsuckers walking around the West End with paper bags full of cash looking to panic folks into dumping their lifes investment for pennies on the dollar. maybe THEY should be the subject of your laser like moral compass.
paul.d.spellman December 28, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Mr Kettle, People like you have been attempting to do the same for much longer than the current bad bagmen of the west end.
SurferBilly December 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Ken, I admire your optimism, but my gut - and my neighbors tell me otherwise. Truth is, most people who bought in my neighborhood the past 5 or 6 years are underwater today (figuratively, if not literally). Why can I blame them for walking or selling out to the vultures? They see it as throwing good money after bad. I'm not so sure about your optimism for a year or two either; I don't think the banks are going to be so eager to write mortgages here. As for the Times article today, I understand being angry with the bloodsuckers, but I disagree with the comparison to lower manhattan after 9/11. That was an act of terrorism that literally $ billions have gone in to preventing from recurring. Our situation, on the other hand, was an act of god that most experts think will happen with greater frequency, and there is little we can do to prevent from recurring.
Beachguy December 28, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Paul -- I think you're right. I have wood joists , etc over an open crawl space. So I ssume tile or whatever has to be laid over plywood. re the walls there has to be some kind of insulation . So in either event the plywood and the insulation will have to go in the event of a repeat. So there seems to be no advantage to getting this stuff for either the floor or walls. If you're in Florida it might be different. Thanks for that, I owe you a beer.
Beachguy December 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Ken-- I hope youre right. And you may very well be right. Unfortunately people who live here don't want to go through this again. People from elsewhere are going to go very slowly and take a wait and see approach. Remember, LB had a bad reputation, even before Miss Sandy visited, with the 10 million deficit situation, pension issues, overpaid cops, inept administrations, etc. Let's all hope that this truly was a 100 year event and that it will be another 99 or so before the next one. What about the bay side issues? The ocean side can always be protected by Hugh dunes , barriers etc. But what about the bay? Snoopy for president!
Martha December 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
1) If our properties have lost value why aren't our tax assessments going down while our houses are devalued? 2) Has anyone gotten the 250k max on their house? We live in a one floor ranch. Our insurance company said that being condemned doesn't mean that THIS storm caused all the damage and that they are not required to pay 250k. - Chuck Schumer was in Long Beach today and News 12 reported that he is fighting to allow residents to not just fix the damage from this storm...but fix the home from future storms. Anyone know the truth? 3) Our mortgage company was very timely in giving us our advance check, but we will have to have them inspect before they release any more money. HOWEVER, we have not agreed to our settlement offer. The adjusters mislead us the whole time saying "fix your house." Well, they are offering us half of what we NEED to just fix the house...and that doesn't include raising it...just fixing it! I would be interested to know what other West End residents in one floor ranch houses are being offered and/or what their experiences have been.
Beachguy December 30, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Martha-- you raise a lot of valid points. As far as getting our taxes lowered you're absolutely right from an intellectual point of view. After all if your house is uninhabitable it's assessed value is greatly diminished. Good luck on getting this done though! Both the City and the County were in dire financial straits before Sandy and now are worse off than ever before. Regarding insurers their philosophy, in most cases , is to pay out as little as possible. You can expect to have to fight it out all the way. Don't be surprised if you have to hire a lawyer or a public adjuster to get you through this . Most people are going to come out of this much worse off financially than they expected despite having the prudence to be fully insured. If people have adequate financial resources they might have to think about getting all repairs done and then presenting the final amount to the insurance company . If the carrier refuses to pay then litigation might be the only answer although then fees eat into the amount in controversy. Another avenue is a public adjuster who will fight it out for you but once again for a fee which is generally a percentage of the amount recovered. One way or the other I think you must expect a battle all the way. And I havnt even touched on dodgy contractors who will gouge you, do shoddy work, demand extra money etc. That's another reason the insurance companies are tight with the money. So they aren't paying out for exaggerated repairs . And guess who is stuck in the middle?Just take a look in the mirror.
Martha December 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks Beachguy...now i'm thoroughly depressed. Kidding. The recovery process has just added insult to injury. We can't be kicked any harder than we already have been. We will fix our home as best we can. We don't have an endless amount of time or resources to fight this. We have one daughter in highschool two years away from college and another in 8th grade. We can't squander any funds given that college costs are around the corner. All we can hope is that another flood of this magnitude isn't coming around the corner too. =)
Tonto Hertzberg December 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Flood insurance is administered and serviced by several insurance companies. They do so on behalf of the FEMA Flood Insurance Program. So, all those insured via flood insurance are, in fact, dealing with the Feds on this issue. There is a long and very public record of litigation and case law that is quite helpful in establishing what is and is not covered. My advice to all is this. Submit as much paperwork and documentation as possible and be aggressive with the adjusters. Ask them as many questions as you need to ask and make sure that they are documenting the things that YOU want documented as well as what they may want to document. The key is to send the paperwork home the FIRST time you submit it. Make the package as easy as possible to understand and to process. Remember, you PAID your end of this contract, perhaps for decades, now it is time for FEMA to honor their end of the contract. Good luck.


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