Port Jefferson a ghost town thanks to Sandy

A friend pushes John Greeny, 23, of Port A friend pushes John Greeny, 23, of Port Jefferson, on a homemade windsurfer in a parking lot in Port Jefferson during Hurricane Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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Sandbags are still lined up in front of downtown Port Jefferson doorways, and tape still protects store windows.

Signs are still up from earlier in the week that read, “Closed due to Sandy. Be Safe!” like the one at Pindar Wine Store. Every store on Main Street in Port Jefferson was still in complete darkness as of noon Wednesday.

Main Street in Port Jefferson is normally known for its liveliness, usually bustling with customers any time of the year. However, since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, Port Jefferson Village has been left with severe flooding and no electricity. Although the flooding has receded and cars can utilize Route 112 again, the village remains a ghost town.

“It is very eerie,” said David Karp, 20, a Stony Brook University student from Elmont that had come to see that damage with friends.

The only part of Port Jefferson Village that remained busy was the dock, where ferries to Connecticut resumed as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. Although the ferry station still remains without power, the office is running off of a generator and the ramps are running off of power from the docked boat.

Right up the hill on Main Street is Billie’s, a popular bar in town that had a big sign right out front reading, “We are open, drinks and cash only.” Inside was bartender Steve Williams, a resident of Port Jefferson that was serving his one customer under candlelight. Although the bar had partial power last night, it was shut off this morning for maintenance.

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