After Sandy, assessing the damage

Damage caused by superstorm Sandy in Breezy Point. Damage caused by superstorm Sandy in Breezy Point. (Oct. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Long Islanders spent Tuesday cleaning up from a storm that downed boats, tossed cars, battered homes and submerged roadways under several feet of water.

Four-lane byways were blocked by felled trees, and sea creatures normally found only at the shore suddenly wound up in private homes, shoveled out with so much rainwater.

Beaches extended their reach into the first floors of apartment buildings, and thriving downtowns were emptied as residents focused their attention to the standing water in their living rooms.

And even as the wind slowed and the tide receded, Islanders struggled with a new problem: no electricity.

While town officials survey the damage, there's only one estimate that seems to stick: millions.

 

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Long Beach

Lack of water, sewers