Combs Bait and Tackle after Sandy

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The day after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, Denise and Bill Witchey of Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville found much of the shop's merchandise intact but the power out. They returned a week later to the smell of $2,500 in spoiled bait wafting from the still-powerless freezers. Worse, their Lindenhurst house was flooded and is uninhabitable.

Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges caused by superstorm Sandy still sit on cinder blocks near the marina off South Ketcham Avenue in Amityville. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed since superstorm Sandy hit Long Island. (Nov. 24, 2012)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed for nearly a month since they returned after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island to find $2,500 worth of bait spoiled due to a power outage that lasted two weeks. (Nov. 24, 2012)

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Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges caused by superstorm Sandy still sit on cinder blocks near the marina off South Ketcham Avenue in Amityville. Garbage piles take up the side of the road. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Merchandise in Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Merchandise in Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville were found intact after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island on Oct. 29. (Nov. 24, 2012)

Before Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, can get
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Before Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, can get back on the water to fish, he has to clear out and repair the first floor of his cottage and fix his 22-foot boat. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, would go crabbing
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Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, would go crabbing at least three times a week, but after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island his 22-foot boat "Blue Rose" now sits on cinder blocks in his driveway. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed for nearly a month since they returned after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island to find $2,500 worth of bait spoiled due to a power outage that lasted two weeks. (Nov. 24, 2012)

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