Coastal communities have been struggling with how to rebuild after Sandy. For 6 months we've been covering the stories of people trying to put their homes and businesses back together in our Life After Sandy series. This week WNYC reporter Janet Babin and videographer Amy Pearl tour the shore. They check in on Cape May and make their way to Montauk looking and listening for how our region is rebounding post-Sandy.
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Amy Pearl and Janet Babin have made it to "The End" of coast check - they're in Montauk and even though it is wet and cloudy, they are on the beach.
Besides ruined docks and flooded homes and businesses, the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant dumped 2.2 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into the Great South Bay, damaging it in ways not yet completely understood.
WNYC's Amy Pearl and Janet Babin are making their way along the coast for a pre-Memorial Day "coastcheck" to see what's changed since Sandy hit. They made their way to Long Island and checked in on Jones Beach then took a boat ride in the Great South Bay to Fire Island. The breach in Fire Island is a big topic of conversation. Listen as Amy Eddings, local host of "All Things Considered" checks in with Janet.
Seasonal beachgoers are returning to Long Beach and they are finding a few changes since Sandy hit.
Janet Babin and Amy Pearl found a beach-goer in Sea Bright, NJ who was looking forward to the holiday weekend but said "It’s not going to be the same."
"The idea is rather simple: you know you’re in a flood plain, and wouldn't the best idea be to take the town out of a flood plain?"
Seaside Heights is a beloved destination on the Jersey Shore. It's iconic roller coaster was just pulled out of the water last week. We checked in with reporter Janet Babin. Listen to her conversation with Amy Eddings.
In Seaside Heights, boardwalk attractions Jimbo's bar, are open and ready for Memorial Day.
We're mapping your memories of the beach - from childhood to before Sandy. To use this map, drag the pin to the location of your pre-Sandy coastal memory to share the details and a photo.
On the three-month anniversary of Sandy, WNYC took a week-long road trip from Cape May, NJ to Montauk, NY to visit coastal communities and see how their recovery is coming along.