Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 1 (Sunday)
We did plan that if things were looking like they would be bad on Monday, we would evacuate to family in Valley Stream.
After the 3PM declaration of Mandatory Evacuation, we decided in light of the total lack of, conflicting and the lack of believable information, to just head out for higher ground.
Standing in Associated Marketplace in Long Beach At 2PM was just a crazy rumor mill, but it was all part of the lack of believable and half-truth information that was floating. Add to that –everyone else seemed to have the same idea as I did- when I walked in there were an average aount of shoppers, by the time I finished, there were 5 or 6 people on each line plus many others shopping and others coming in, still. They say the best rumor is one that has a shred of truth. Here’s what I overheard:
“I hear they’re closing down the Loop Parkway as of 4PM so you have to get out now” (turned out to be true. CBS News was reporting that, but they failed to mention it was only In To Town, you can still leave).
“yeah, I hear they’re closing Atlantic Beach Bridge this evening, too” also turned out to be true, once again only to traffic to Atlantic Beach, not the mainland.
I headed down to Bob’s Natural Foods for some other items and saw stores boarding up and sand bagging. Was wondering what they knew that I didn’t. I mean 12 guys out front of the new stores by Don Juan.
Well, every one knows the Long Beach Bridge floods before those others. We made emergency packing a priority got some bags together got the cooler out, and to ready to leave.
“Surprise” I told my family in Valley Stream, “we’ll be there in a couple of hours”.
Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 2 (Monday)
Hunkered down in Valley Stream for the day. By Noon, it seemed like an average rain and windstorm and I did manage to get that last post out with all intents of updating as the day went on. Sandy had different ideas and we lost power and internet by about 2PM. So much for the update.
Everyone has his or her stories of the storm. We were worried about the 100+ ft. trees surrounding us, but made it through with no real damage and no craziness. By midnight, the gusts were done.
The story in Point Lookout During the storm
Those who stayed said that power went out about 6PM. During the high tide, at about 8PM, the bay was rising up into town, foot by foot. It had backed up over most streets north of Lido Blvd, with Mineola and Lynbrook worst hit, but did make its way up past Lido Blvd towards Beech. Hewlett Ave going from Beech went from mostly dry to 6 inches, to about 12-15 inches above the street at Lido Blvd. It lasted for about 1-2 hours then receded. Sandcastle Café report that somehow they had no flooding. others were not so lucky.
Bay Met the Ocean?
Well, there’s no clear evidence of such a thing, but correct me if you have other info. The Ocean definitely was into Ocean Ave, but it does not seem to have been extensive, far-reaching, or deep.
It is pretty clear the dunes saved us…at their expense.
Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 3 (Tuesday).
With no power we made the best of the day inValley . Our neighbor who lives in manhattan was one of several who (finally) got a call thru to us to see if we knew anything. He was going to try to get out and see what was going on. We agreed to touch base later.
Getting information was still ridiculously difficult, maybe worse as all we kept hearing was
1) Long Beach No Water. No Sewer
2) Meadowbrook parkway closed south of Merrick Rd.
3) That fine young journalist lady on the local news who was holed up in the Allegria talking the way she did during Irene. I’ll never forget the “live” shot of her struggling in the wind, with onlookers looking at her like she was crazy as they strolled by.
No doubt, for me, the media Crying Wolf of the past 10-12 years of storms that fizzled out hurt me this time.
At about 3pm, our neighbor from Manhattan called- “where are you guys? I’ve been down here a while and am leaving now-it’s the first time I can get a call out, now we’ve lleft town. There’s no wind damage, all your windows are OK. I lost some siding, but it looks like we had a few inches of water in the street.”
With that, we stopped waiting and headed home. Turns out the State troopers are letting residents back into town.
Coming over the bridge, we found a weird scene. The wind turbine is stopped, but seemingly undamaged(as expected). It’s once again stopped because the power is out, not the other way around.
The marina looks like toy boats got knocked around. The water put a few up on the dock itself. Other areas of dock are smashed or gone. It looks bad, but could’ve been worse.
Coming into town, to the naked eye, we found little damage, but the bay had receeded.
Right there at the marina, the fence it full of bay reeds and leaves that strained through the chain link, showing a real clear picture where the water had been up to-about 3-4 feet higher than Lido Blvd right there.
We found out some facts
* No Power- ive seen at least 2 power lines down plus numerous others that may or may not be electric.
* cellular reception. VERY VERY bad to none- you may need to leave town to get a call in or out.
* Water is safe to drink, but prohibited from watering lawns, plants, cleaning outside etc
* All Natural Gas shut down between the Bay and Lido Blvd.(as of Wednesday-
We had water right through our garage, but the house is OK. We have a crawl space, so no flooded basement. Don’t know how you all keep doing the basement thing.
The water did cover our pond, killing all the fish we have had for 10-12 years in their own, self-sustaining little ecosystem that required no feeding or new fish- all gone. Poor little guys.
After getting set up, we headed to Island Park to check on family we hadn’t heard from
The scene out of town:
Driving to LB, we could see the high water mark on the fences by the TOH Park at about 4 feet above the sidewalk. thru LB, Park ave had signs of being washed out, cars set askew (by floating?- some by moving onto higher ground of the median). The Mobil gas station has a 6 inch puddle of sea water in the entire gas area.
Signs of major flooding into island park, especially at the bridge into Harbor Isle. Over the bridge looks like a parking lot-on a street no houses front on. Everone moved their cars here, we find out only to be flooded anyway. Family OK, no power like everywhere else. No one can believe the water came up here.
Headed back thru side streets in north east LB, I can see the damage: I see high water marks on houses about 4-5 ft above street level-whether that falls on your first or gound floor depends.
My wife sees a young woman carrying garbage bags of belongings, tears streaming down her face.
Haven’t heard back from the long Beach crew yet, but the phone is not really working so good.
We get home-tomorrow we have to start the clean out.
Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 4 (Wednesday).
Spent all day cleaning out the garage and yard. Not too much damage surprisingly, but everythings gotta air out or we’re gonna have a moldy mess.
My wife’s garden is gone, that’s saying a lot. She spent the day cleaning it out, cutting down and making the best of it you can without using our water to wash things down, which is currently prohibited. We’re abiding by that because it’s the right thing to do. All the plants and the trees in the street are looking pretty sad from the salt water wash.
About noon, word came down the block National Grid are shutting down Gas to entire section of town from Lido Blvd to the Bay because of several gas leaks.
Got out to survey town. Some crazy pictures here.
Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 5 (Thursday).
We’ve left town to try to get gas today, evacuate our inlaws out of Island Park -also very hard hit- to family with power and heat.
Tried to get gas just way too crazy-half hour at te end of a mile longline that didn’t move for a half hour-people freaking out got the heck outta there.
Taking a couple hours at family in Glen Oaks Queens where they’ve got heat, hot water, power ineternet(obviously) and headed back to the Point tonight.
Hope everyone’s ok. Its gonna be a long week or so. We got hit pretty hard. Lido is bad, Island park is really bad, and what I’ve seen of Long Beach is worse. Don’t know about Atlantic Beach. would think very bad.
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