Long Island Struggles in Sandy's Aftermath

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More than 930,000 customers on Long Island are without power following the massive storm, as officials assess the damage caused by flooding, downed trees and power lines.

Several areas along Long Island’s shore were part of mandatory evacuation zones, and several shelters are open in Nassau and Suffolk counties for residents who need them.

One of those shelters, Nassau Community College in Uniondale, was quickly filling up on Tuesday, following the worst of the storm. A Red Cross volunteer said the shelter housed 575 people on Monday night, and expected to double that number by Tuesday night as evacuees filed in after the storm hit.

Red Cross spokesman Steve Bayer came in from Florida to help out with relief efforts. He said evacuees are registered, given a cot and a blanket and are set up in the large gymnasium.

Several people at the center on Tuesday said they’d tried to wait out the storm, having experienced Tropical Storm Irene, but they woke up to damage worse than they’d imagined.  Some were asked to evacuate by the county, and others by the National Guard.

“It’s just unbelievable devastation,” said Pat Constantino, a Lido Beach resident who was evacuated after the storm. “This was the storm of the century.” 

“It looks like the world ended,” she said. “We had dunes, most of our dunes are gone. Our whole back of our building is covered in sand. Our parking lots are covered in sand…every car in the parking lot floated.”

Crystal Lynch, in nearby Long Beach, also experienced flooding in her apartment complex. She said she lives close to the bay, which met the ocean during the storm. “We got, like, both ends coming in,” she said.

There will certainly be substantial cleanup needed in those areas, and for many at the shelter, it’ll be a day-to-day wait to find out when they can return to their homes.

Linda Minerva, also from Lido Beach,  put things into perspective, after being evacuated on Tuesday.

“It was a terrible thing, but we’re all safe and people are alive,” she said. “It’s things and buildings…we can replace those things but we can’t replace lives.”


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Comments [2]

Bayla Lovens from Port Washington, NY

Thanks for this article on Long Island. As a long-time member-listener, I would like to register my disappointment in your lack of broadcast information regarding Long Island. Today is my first day back at work in the Bronx since last Friday, so my first opportunity to go online or make a phone call or have heat or hot water. Thankfully my family is safe. However, as radio is our only source of outside information. In Port Washington, where I live, it is very frustrating and disappointing to listen to hour after hour of WNYC and NPR reporting on New York City, New Jersey and Westchester with no real mention of Long Island other than the south shore flooding; no report from LIPA on progress restoring power so we can make some realistic plans about preventing frozen pipes when the temperatures begin dropping next week. Nothing much at all considering the large number of Long Islanders without power. Please give us equal coverage--it's our only wasy to get updates on our plight. Thanks

Nov. 01 2012 09:13 AM
patricia finn

I just wanted to say there are many workers Nelson and Ameran from out of state sent there to help you recieve power to your homes. please be thoughtful knowing they are there to help .we have lived with flooding and lose of power for weeks ourselves. Thank you for watching out for our loved ones away from their families to help other precious families. Take care my prayers are with all.

Oct. 31 2012 05:33 PM

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