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Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy : Slideshow

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Alan Benimoff, a geologist at the College of Staten Island, on Iona Street, which is inside the topographical "bowl."
Benimoff on Peggy Lane, demonstrating the topographical "bowl." The street slopes upward toward Father Capodanno Boulevard, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
 Midland Beach, Staten Island. The house will not be eligible for state buyouts, but indivdiual homes may qualify under another program.
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A house in Midland Beach, Staten Island. The house will not be eligible for state buyouts, but indivdiual homes may qualify under another program.
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The site where Mike Taurozzi's home once stood. It was demolished after Sandy. All that's left is a storage shed.
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The beach houses are set on low foundations, and pre-date federal flood insurance programs prompted better building practices.
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The site of a home in Midland Beach, Staten Island, that was so damaged by Sandy it was later demolished.
Flooding is common in the Midland Beach bowl even during non-hurrciane events. This street was impassable by pedestrians after the snow that fell in Feburary melted.
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Flooding is common along parts of the coast even when a hurricane is not passing through. Above, a street in Midland Beach after snow melted last winter.
Grimsby Street
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The spot where one of Sandy's victims, Betty Spagnuolo, 79, drowned in her home.
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On Patterson Avenue in Midland Beach

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