Follow the #CoastCheck Roadtrip

Monday, January 28, 2013

As communities struggle with the question of whether to rebuild or retreat after Sandy, WNYC reporter Janet Babin and videographer Amy Pearl are touring coastal towns. They began their trip in Cape May this week, and are making their way up to Montauk to check out coastal communities on the three-month anniversary of the storm.

In the time since they began their journey, Congress has approved a Sandy aid bill, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new maps that now include many more structures and properties in the flood zone that will certainly affect how people rebuild.

As WNYC continues to report on the post-Sandy recovery process, we want to hear from you, whether or not you were directly influenced by the storm. Tell us what you've seen, heard and experienced, and how optimistic you are about the post-Sandy recovery. You can put yourself on our spectrum, from "very optimistic" to "not at all." We'll track the responses, and show them on a map in the coming days.

You can also follow @jennababin and @sugarpond to track Janet and Amy's trip along the coast, ask them questions, and tell them what you see, using the hashtag #coastcheck.


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Comments [12]

Judy from Long Island

Did I miss something? Or did you? One day I tuned in and you were on Staten Island; the next, it seems, you were in Freeport, which you yourself described as the eastern end of the worst damage. So what happened in between? I live on the north shore of Long Island, which had (relatively) little hurricane damage. I know that, while our problems were real (sea level rose 24 feet in storm surge, and lots of big old trees crashed down), they were nothing compared to the south shore. So I was waiting to hear your reports of how things stood in Breezy Point; the Rockaways; Coney Island; Atlantic Beach; Lawrence; Oceanside; Baldwin; Merrick; Long Beach; and of course, Jones Beach. And guess what? I am still waiting. What's the point of a "Cape May to Montauk" trip that leaves so much out? Please come back and do justice to Long Island.

Feb. 01 2013 08:56 AM
lousea from Massapequa

We have just hit the 3 month anniversary. We have lived in Massapequa for 40 years, never had water in the house. We have flood insurance but at this point have no idea of how much we will be receiving. The adjusters are overwhelmed, mine has over 400 clients to deal with. We have the same doubts as others but cannot make an informed decision without knowing how much we will receive or what programs will be available to raise the house. This is a game changer for the shoreline. Everyone we have worked with, FEMA,SBA,two insurance companies, Wells Fargo Mortgage, has been responsive and curteous. Town of Oyster Bay workers were fantastic assisting with the initial cleanup in November.

Jan. 31 2013 10:16 AM
Dru Georgiadis from Fairfield, CT

You seem to forget the destruction in CT. I live in Fairfield, in the beach area and on my little street alone, Puritan Rd, we are looking at 5 tear downs and two lifted. The senior citizens choosing to move back in, wash out the raw sewage, ignore the rot in the sheet rock, and take time to make the inevitable decision to move out. And now, the eerie quiet of an empty neighborhood is being replace by the constant sound of back hoes and tractors and they move in, to tear down. Your tour should not just swing out on the South Shore forgetting an entire state.

Jan. 31 2013 07:50 AM
JD from Brooklyn, NY

Seeing that WNYC is doing pieces on both Sandy recovery and Mayors (as being more effective and non partisan when it comes to governing, I thought that it would be worth speaking with the mayor of Little Silver,New Jersey. Mayor Robert Neff (Bob)and his family live in the town of Little Silver and have been welcomed into the home of friends who live in Homdel, NJ as a result of flooding that occurred during Hurricane Sandy. It turns out that their house is not on the coast but rather in a location that flooded badly anyway. Neighbors across the street were unaffected as far as I know. I feel that little attention has been given to people who's situations are a bit "off the radar" but are severely affected. People like The Neffs' are now confronted with the dilemma of whether to raise their house up over the 100 yr flood plain or level it. Without raising the house up, it is uninsureable, thus unsellable. Although I have no idea of their intentions or those of countless others in the same situation, I feel that this issue merits some attention.

Thank You

Jan. 29 2013 07:17 PM
Joe Goldman from East coast

How might I get a job like this? I'd like to apply.

Jan. 29 2013 06:21 PM
Richard Hokin from Darien CT

You're neglecting the Long Island Sound shoreline.

Jan. 29 2013 04:58 PM
Will from Chelsea

Please, make time to visit The Pines/Cherry Grove on the barrier island of Fire Island. A visit to this part of Fire island should carry a story or be a chapter on how important this barrier island is to the many townships along the South shore of Long Island. Beach replenishment or retreat from the dunes. Most all homes on Fire Island, "The Pines", are Second Homes for people. This area is also an interesting study --- since there are no "cars/roads". To get there one must depart via Ferry service from Sayville, NY.

Jan. 29 2013 11:32 AM
Nancy from Freeport NY

You should definitely come to Freeport's Nautical Mile on Woodcleft Avenue, which has been devastated.

Jan. 29 2013 09:21 AM
Belle from Babylon

Please be aware of the devastation on Long Island's south shore east of Long Beach -- Freeport, Massapequa, Amityville, Amity Harbor, Lindenhurst, Babylon, West Islip and on to the Mastics and Montauk AND Fire Island -- news coverage of how Sandy impacted these areas has been woefully lacking. A follow up program might address the lack of information about what to do AFTER a storm like Sandy. There's no reason so many of us should be asking questions that were answered after Katrina.

Jan. 29 2013 08:13 AM
Mariann from Freeport

If you can stop by Freeport LI. In particular south of Atlantic Ave Guy Lombardo, Hudson Ave. So Many homes are still empty. Those that are back are still a work in progress. So many families are facing herculean rebuilds with little or no ability to do so. Any light you can shed on our struggles would be greatly appreciated.

Jan. 28 2013 11:42 AM
Andrew Willner from Keyport. NJ

It is important that you see the Raritan Bayshore from Sandy Hook to South Amboy. Union Beach was one of the hardest hit. In New York City it is also important to visit the southern beaches of Staten Island and the Rockaways.

Jan. 28 2013 11:39 AM
Sophia from Broad Channel

PLEASE come to Broad Channel, between Howard Beach and Rockaway. The entire Broad Channel community has been affected to the point where very few residents have returned because the rebuild has been VERY slow.

Jan. 28 2013 10:17 AM

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