Secure Your Storm Buddies Now

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If theres an evacuation, and the Loop Parkway looks like this, you want to know where you’re going to!

Before the summer is over, a reminder-

Now is the season, when your friends and relatives come down to enjoy your hospitality and the beach.

This is the time to get commitments from the ones who live out of the storm surge zone to host YOU in the event of a hurricane evacuation.

It’s only fair!

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Don’t be shy. They’ve been enjoying your hospitality this summer.

I’m pretty sure next time, quite a few more of us will be evacuating. The limited shelter space may not be enough and most don’t allow pets.

You want to be at least north of Sunrise Highway, if not Southern State Parkway if you can.

Have a plan.

Although I hope it never happens again, it’s only smart to be ready for the worst.

And who better to ride out the next storm with, than fellow beach-lovers?

What’s your plan?

Thanks To Fire Commissioner Andrew Richter who proposed doing this during his Hurricane Preparedness presentation earlier this summer.

Back In and On the Water at Ted’s Fishing Station

no shoes required.

no shoes required.
Ted’s Fishing Station, Point Lookout, NY

I was glad when I got word midweek last week that Teds Fishing Station was about to reopen.
Ted’s is an interesting place where people of all generations can share a summers day (or evening) and do different things, even together. While there, at any given time, you see people get in and out of boats, enjoy lunch, kids play in the sand, dogs share lunch dropped in the sand, people partake of a beer at the bar.. something for everyone.

Signs point to the grand reopening of Ted's Fishing Station. Point Lookout, NY on May 17,2013

Signs point to the grand reopening of Ted’s Fishing Station. Point Lookout, NY on May 17,2013

We all know how hard Superstorm Sandy really hurt everybody on the bay here in Point Lookout. Maybe no one more than Owner Ted Wondsel, his long face, and his destroyed dream, Ted’s Fishing Station in the background, in this iconic picture from right after the storm (click here for photo), amongst others picked up by CBS news and The Chicago Trubune.

Ted's Fishing Station is back in the Water, May 2013,  after Hurricane Sandy

Ted’s Fishing Station is back in the Water, May 2013, after Hurricane Sandy

Well they’re back and better than ever, but I found out, it might not have been so.

Sandy Strikes.

In the early days after the storm Sue Wondsel tells me, “We didn’t think we were going to open, at all: the devastation was that bad.”

“My nephew Sean came down from Toronto after the storm. He was heartbroken and my husband was really heartbroken, too.

This isnt our livelihood, this is Teds dream come true. He started at Scottys (Fishing Station a few doors down) as a dock boy when he was a kid”.

When Ed’s fishing station came available, adding big red “T”‘s to the front on “Ed’s” boats was a no brainer and Ted took the leap.

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“this is his baby … So it was heartbreaking to see him go through this, not knowing if he was going to come back…. That was the worst.”

Pretty much everything – all the docks, all the boats, all the structures, all the motors; everything had been inundated and either washed away, destroyed or left behind in ruins.

“Who knew?” Sue asked, “My grandma and great grandma lived here and went through the 1938 storm and never in a million years did they ever experience anything like that. ”

“The sad thing is insurance doesn’t cover anything – really next to nothing. You can spend your whole day fighting with these people..”

The sun sets on the skiffs and kayaks at Ted's Fishing Station.

The sun sets on the skiffs and kayaks at Ted’s Fishing Station.

Determined to do what he could, “Sean went back to Toronto and figured out how to set up the fundraising website (indie go go). ”

Let’s Help Rebuild Ted’s

Needless to say, when he saw that, Ted was touched nearly to tears.

Word spread about the needs Ted’s and many others faced.

Help started to come in surprising ways. A Point Lookout resident picked up the freshly salt-water inundated motors in his own truck and dropped them in his pool to soak the salt water out, which saved a number of them.

Sue recalls the turning point: “then the outpouring from people in this town was incredible. Without that we couldn’t have done it. The people in this town stepped up. Everybody helped each other, even customers were showing up here asking us ‘so what can I do'”

“That’s when we knew that we would be able to come back.”

Next to her is retired teacher and resident bartender Karen, Sue says “she has been here almost every day helping us since”.

Hope floats… And I sure hope you didn’t own anything in it’s path!

The big red bar is a 12 x 12 piling from the 60s. For years it’s been a landmark there. The kids love sitting there – perfect kid height. Like everything else, even though incredibly heavy, it was lifted and floated away during Sandy’s storm surge.

Sue says over the winter “I went over to K&K Outboard (across from Texas Car Wash in Island Park) to buy parts and motors”. She casually talked to them about their big red bar, joking maybe they could find it on google earth.

The next day she received a call from them. They told her they “didn’t want to say anything while you were here, because our dock builder claimed it, but it’s here for you!

Ted's Red Bar sits at K&K marine in Island Park / Oceanside where Superstorm Sandy left it.

Ted’s Red Bar sits at K&K marine in Island Park / Oceanside where Superstorm Sandy left it. Photo by and courtesy of Sue Wondsel.

“He couldn’t believe they actually had it – it had to go through the bridges and over the marshes to get there. A friend of ours who’s a mover took their truck and brought it back for us”.

The Big Red Bar is back in its original location now.

The huge Piece of wood that floated away in Superstorm Sandy, was located in Island Park and returned to it's rightful place.

The huge Piece of wood that floated away in Superstorm Sandy, was located in Island Park and returned to it’s rightful place.

A woman from out of town even returned a Ted’s life jacket which was found at Jones Beach.

Everybody’s shells.

It’s become tradition at Teds Clam Bar for patrons to have their own shell, where their money resides at the bar. Some are just plain, some are ornate, some are huge, clam, oyster,whelk, … lobster claw; some are not even shells. All were numbered. All are gone.

Sue and Ted told everybody to start work on their own shells a few months ago. “We’ve started collecting shells ourselves. Karen says new shells are in the works.”

the newly refurbished docks invite you to take a sail...

the newly refurbished docks invite you to take a sail…

Since my visit there Karen did post on Ted’s Facebook page that some shells are in. .
My highly personalized shell is in the works. Too bad – the shell that went down from last year was really something special, thanks to my wife!

Emerge.

Thankfully, they have been able to spend the off season on a full fledged rebuild. Many generations of family members and friends came down to help clean up, reorganize and rebuild. The decks and docks are (most) all back on and in the water. The new bait shop looks like an inviting seaside curio shop, one that also sells lots of funky decorations for fish hooks. I hear the fish just flip for them (ba-dum-Bum-cha).

Bait, Tackle, and all good things....

Bait, Tackle, and all good things….

Al who works there and lives just a few doors away on the water, dealt with all the flooding, clean up and rebuilding at his house too, and has also lent a hand on the rebuild.

“I like the way it looks. It’s so much more open and inviting than it was before”. The layout he explains is easier for him to get goods in and out. I think he’s also saying it looks a little more “non-fisherman” friendly.

“Its a lot nicer than it was. I don’t even have tile in my home” Sue jokes.

Sue also points out to me that Teds prize shark adorns the wall now for the first time from their own house.

“I want to say to people from town, the love and support (they showed) us… was just incredible.” They’ve put a sign out front to say Thank you (im not posting it-just go see it!)

“If it wasnt financially for people helping out, and just coming down to help us…” She drifts off, but we all know what she means….

The boats are back in the water and Sue says the fishing has been good, as pictures up on the front door attest.

Photos already up of anglers retruning with their catch!

Photos already up of anglers retruning with their catch!

The clam bar is open once again, saw many of you there on opening night. Did I ever tell you I had the best shrimp cocktail of my life there last summer….?

The newly redone bar was open friday evening May 17, 2013 for their "Soft Opening".

The newly redone bar was open friday evening May 17, 2013 for their “Soft Opening”.

Welcome back, just in time for Memorial Day weekend… why not come on down, see the sign, the new place and say hi.

Click Here to find Ted’s Fishing Station on Facebook

Superstorm Sandy: Point Lookout Before and After

When I look at the beach, I can feel what’s been lost, but I need to see the before and after for myself, so here goes, as best I can get.

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, AFTER Sandy. this is a bit farther away..the entire dune shown

Point Lookout Town Beach Looking East, AFTER Sandy

I have to say-overall, we are very lucky here in Point Lookout. Yes some of our neighbors were hit hard and lost a lot-maybe most everything. Our hearts go out to them.   At least our town itself isn’t crippled like elsewhere with garbage, house rip-outs and floated dead cars literally blocking the street.

Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking East, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking East, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking East, AFTER Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking East, AFTER Sandy

For me, the thing that keeps hitting home is- we were spared the ocean coming into town. Why is this relevant?
1- The town is graded to drain rainwater (and anything else) to the bay, meaning the high point is at the ocean. Any break through would wash the entire town over-with wave action we did not have from the bay.
2- This was due partially to the dunes keeping the ocean back.
3- The dunes are mostly gone. As anyone who has ever built a sandcastle knows, you can pile sand all you want, that alone does not make a dune. It must have some understructure, years of rain packing it down and vegetation to hold it all together.

Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking West, BEFORE Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking West, BEFORE Sandy


Point Lookout "Second Beach" Looking West, AFTER Sandy

Point Lookout “Second Beach” Looking West, AFTER Sandy

I heard today the town has started pumping sand back in and will be following up with pictures if I can find it.

A friend shared this mesmerizing video taken of the Long Beach Boardwalk during Sandy:

Lee Nielsen on Facebook – Super Storm Sandy – Lincoln Blvd – Long Beach, NY

That video is coincidentally the same exact area of boardwalk pictured in our post “Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Week 2”

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck BEFORE Superstorm Sandy

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck BEFORE Superstorm Sandy


Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck AFTER Superstorm Sandy

Point Lookout Clam Bar rear deck AFTER Superstorm Sandy

Want to share any before and after pictures with us?

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Week 2

everyone gathers for the Daily 12 Noon Meeting at the Point Lookout, NY Firehouse

everyone gathers for the daily 12 Noon Meeting at the Point Lookout, NY Firehouse

ok, so after 8 days, trying to conserve gasoline i’m finally back with a full tank of gas, headed out of town to get back on the internet with an update. i’ve been pretty busy anyway!

before i get into it,  here’s important  links-

click on these to find what you need to know: from

Point Lookout Lido Fire Department

Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Survey
No-cost Inspection Liability Waiver

Please click on the links below for the latest local information on the following as of Thursday, November 8, 2012:

Recovery Update
5-day Weather Forecast
Message from Local Schools
Restoration of Power & Electric

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 6 (Friday).

Inside house Temp-61
Woke up at about 4AM, figured a good time to go get gas. My wife insisted she come. I don’t argue. Best decision all day. Off we go to Rockville Centre. Freeport gas station closed, doesn’t stop abouit 75 cars lining up down Merrick Rd. We Keep going. Just before Rockville Center, we come across the line for the Hess station(yes, the line goes all the way back from sunrise Hwy, down to MerricK Rd, the goes for about 4 blocks east on Merrick. It’s only 4:45 am. We decide to plug on and check the Gulf Station. The ;line is around the block. We get on it and since we are all the way around the block back at the station, my wife gets out to see what’s up. It’s us people waiting on line. “Pumps “may” be working in half an hour”, “no gas”, “delivery coming this morning”. This is not the telephone game down the line… it’s the word IN THE Station. We decide not to waste our time and 1/4 tank of gas waiting.
4:55 am As we approach the Meadowbrook, we decide to see what’s going on in Merrick-lights are on. A little further in and we see the Hess station at Sunrise and Hewlett is pumping. We go around the block and get on the line which stretches to the closed Gulf station at Merrick ave, and turns south about 2/3 of the way to Merrick Rd. My wife decided to take a walk and check – and the people at Hess have enough gas. After about 2 hours, just as we reached the Gulf station, the fire department pulled up and started directing traffic. It turns out another line has formed down Sunrise Hwy.
My wife went to see what was going on and Merrick FD said they were helping the Gulf station open and directing traffic. In 10 minutes we had filled the tank and were on our way. Thanks to Merrick Fire Department for taking the fight to the numerous line cutters that tried to sneak in, just in the few short minutes we were in the station.
Medicine run, and a few minutes with heat and internet to answer some of your questions on our facebook page. Then back to the point for more clean up.

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 7 (Saturday).

Inside house Temp-59.
Big thanks to our neighbors who were able to share a half bag of Ice with us. Keep us going a few more days. Off to Island park to check on family. They’ve been getting water and meals ready to eat(MRE’s) from the school over on Warwick. They’re OK. We start planning contingencies for the possible Nor’easter they’re talking for this week.
Rumor in Island park is that the LIPA power station(you know the big smoke stacks by Kohl’s blew up as 9 feet of water poured into it- just a rumor, we have no word, but it sure would explain why no one has seen a single LIPA truck anywhere down here yet- there’s no power anyway.

Looking south at the corner of Pine and Lincoln, Long Beach, NY

Looking south at the corner of Pine and Lincoln, Long Beach, NY

On the way back, friends in Long Beach have arranged to help our friends there. They’re on the Ocean side of town By Pine St. they did already pump out. The high water line is about 2 feet over their houses ground floors. By the time we get there they’ve already decided Pretty much everything is gone other than clothes and small belongings. Looking up the blocks, it’s just a mess. Sand is everywhere, peoples’ soaked belongings, now garbage, line the streets. Almost every car you see parked in the street is done-flooded and dead.
Seriously, this is just one small step below the pictures we saw of Hurricane Katrina after the waters receded.

what's left of the Long Beach, NY boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd

what’s left of the Long Beach, NY boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd- youre not supposed to be able to see the boats out there!

I look up Lincoln Blvd towards the ocean and can clearly see a tanker boat out in the ocean. I’m not supposed to be able to- the boardwalk, the berm underneath, and the wooden wall beneath are GONE.
There are piles of boardwalk pieces at every corner and amongst the houses. There is what looks like a part of a metal light pole sitting up almost at Beech St. My friends are headed to family, afraid the flood water had sewage in it, as they complain of the smell. (no official word on that??!!)

high water line in Long Beach NY from Hurricane Sandy

high water line near Pine St (a higher area than most) in Long Beach NY, from Hurricane Sandy

Back into town to find a town meeting going on at the firehouse with over a hundred people. How they heck do people hear about this stuff…?
They give a daily briefing now at 12 noon, but are sure to remind us all that the information is changing as they speak.
Here’s the handout they gave

Town of Hempstead Garbage pickup came by, took everyone’s garbage(thank you!)
Town of Hempstead will be picking up garbage as soon and often as they can,
FROM THE CURB ONLY- you must put it at the curb through next week!
At this point, we’re doing everything we can to conserve gasoline, maybe we can make it thru until after the lines dissipate when the power is back on. That seems like it may never happen.

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 8 (Sunday).

Inside house Temp-55. chill!
Temp got down below 40 last night and it feels like it. Add to that we’re letting all our stored geothermal-ish heat out our crawlspace to let the dampness air out. The air coming out is markedly warmer, I can’t believe it’s not “steaming”, like my breath.
We know we have to come up with plans for the coming week. Electricity is not likely back soon, and with the clocks going back, it’s dark in the house by 4PM. After some consideration, we’re planning out meals so they can be started in daylight by yours truly, with plenty of instructions.

American Red Cross Relief truck with some sandwiches and fruit.

American Red Cross Relief truck with some sandwiches and fruit. We hear they even had some hot dinners some nights at Nickerson Beach!

We trekked down to Nickerson Beach and met people from the American Red Cross, giving out blankets, sandwiches and fruit. The person who helped us is from Biloxi, Mississippi. 19 hours later, he’s here making it happen for local residents. His southern demeanor is pleasant and welcoming. We can’t refuse his offer of turkey sandwiches and plums (our cold cuts and fruit ran out days ago, and it would just be impolite to decline!
FEMA, through the Point Lookout Civic Association started giving out MRE’s at the East Marina, where several hundred meals were handed out.
No one else from Point Lookout Civic is able, so I step up and take charge of The food distribution. Meeting some awesome neighbors who are also pitching in to make sure no one goes hungry, and hopefully forgotten about..
Special Thanks to Leo, Mary, Elaine, and others who I failed to take names (give me a Ring, i’ll put you on!) helped out on Sunday.
As of right now, you can go to East Marina from 1PM to 4PM and get MRE’s: self-heating hot meals you can take home and heat up when you want them. Most packs include one of 7 entrees that heats itselfup with a little cold water added (by chemical reaction). The one’s I saw also include crackers, jelly, a pop tart, and some candy- Covering the 4 food groups… Ok maybe not equally, but it’s a hot meal none-the-less and a good one I hear from those that have tried. Maybe I will later. We’re still trying to eat certain perishables before they’re no good. The only saving grace of the 40 degree temps.

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 9 (Monday).

Inside house Temp-57. Ok, we bounced back a little. Not sure how, but I’ll take it.

Point Lookout Residents help distribute FEMA aid

Point Lookout Residents help distribute FEMA aid at the East Marina in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

The post office has reopened. And there’s little mail sorted out yet. They did tell me they had a couple inches of water. I was afraid to ask if anything got wet. It doesnt look like it!
After some general clean-up and getting the crawl space and garage open for airing out, I’m up on the roof to assess the shingle situation, or lack thereof.
All things considered, losing a few shingles is no big deal and in about an hour I’ve got the old ones dug out, new ones put in, and a little bit of goo (yes, that’s a technical term) to make it all stick together, in lieu of the sun heating up the tar strip and melding them together: that isn’t happening in the 42 degree weather.

Up to the East Marina again for our 1-4 food distribution. hoping we can reach more people in need, and we have a good few takers. thanks for the help to Dave, Aishling, Mary, Erin, Leo, Marie and everyone else. The volunteers are giving away some meals and blankets, but concern is that they’re not reaching the people who may need it most. If you know anyone homebound or any otherwise may need some assistance, please get down to the East Marina and just bring them a box of meals. No one should go hungry – we have the supplies.
Got resupplied (coffee!! And ice!) and did an assessment of the fridge. Normally I’m pretty frugal, but it’s all just gotta go. It’s skeeving me out so anything opened, perishable (past tense) etc just had to go. Hey look-an unopened jar of roasted peppers left!

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 10 (Tuesday).

Inside house Temp-54
Down the firehouse to charge up this laptop and my phone which hasn’t had more than 2 of 4 bars of power on it since the beginning of the storm.
While there, we heard the call for a fire at Park Ave and Franklin in Long Beach, which was clearly visible before the call came in.

power on...fire up at the corner of Park and Franklin in Long Beach

power on…causes a fire up at the corner of Park and Franklin in Long Beach

Everyone is to vote at the Molloy Rec hall instead of the usual firehouse. Goes for Lido as well, instead of the school. The school won’t be habitable for 3 weeks or more… so no voting there.
We’re getting ready to hunker down again for the nor’easter headed in for Wednesday and Thursday. Hope we can hold out, keep the cold out of the house in the 40-50 MPH gusts expected. Stay tuned.

Point Lookout Fire Department Update Tuesday November 6, 2012 page 1

Point Lookout Fire Department Update Tuesday November 6, 2012 page 1

Point Lookout Fire Department Update Tuesday November 6, 2012 page 2

Point Lookout Fire Department Update Tuesday November 6, 2012 page 2

Up to the East Marina again for our 1-4 food distribution. hoping we can reach more people in need, but it’s a little quieter today. thanks for the help to Dave, Marie, peter, Don, Sasha, Brian and everyone else. With the upcoming nor’easter we’ll have to see what’s in store tomorrow.

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 11 (Wednesday).

Inside house Temp-53
Getting ready for the storm. That East wind is just constant already. With the election behind us, the Bishop Molloy Rec Center seems likely to become the center of everything now:
Heat Center to come and get warmed up.
FEMA center of operations
Food distribution point FEMA/PLCA
Serve as location for Town Hall-style Fire Department updates.

None of this happens.
by 10am it’s snowing, the 12:55 high tide is well below the marina’s bulkheads and FEMA cancels the food distribution.
word comes through at the noon briefing – that every house needs to have its electrical system checked before the power can be turned on.

we all know that the 45 degree temps never come, our noreaster hit in the mid 30’s and by 5pm it’s all snow. we have about 2-3 inches, I saw about 4-5 in Island Park.

Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy Day 12 (Thursday).

Inside house Temp-51 brr.
this is kind of getting to me. now i’m going to have to make sure I’m home for this electrical inspection?.. to assess damage from the storm surge but when?? what the heck is going on? am i supposed to sit here all day and wait… what??
You know to be careful what you ask for!
I head down the the firehouse to find out “what’s going on with these inspections” and I am drafted to help the firemen do these “electrical surveys”-whatever it takes to help get the power back on.
Most houses are in good shape. Obviously, many have some slight water damage and need to be looked at by an electrician, only one I see that cannot be hooked up to electric until their electrical service box is completely checked out and approved by a licensed electrician.
Sorry, I have no pictures and wouldn’t take any obviously, for privacy reasons, but someone did take a picture of me at their house – feel free to pass it along.

hopefully I’ve done my part to get the power going.

Ill update as soon as I can. Hopefully from the comforts of my own, electrified and heated home.

Fingers crossed, and not just to keep them warm!

Point Lookout NY After Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy

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Boats on whats left of the Dock at The East Marina. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

Boats on whats left of the Dock at The East Marina. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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.

high water line on a neighbor's house

High water line on a neighbor’s house. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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.

Power line down on Ocean Ave. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

It is pretty clear the dunes saved us…at their expense.

te pavillion is now fron row on the water- no more Dunes, walls knocked down by the waves. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

The pavillion is now fron row on the water- no more Dunes, walls knocked down by the waves. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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.

High water line aboiut 4 feet high on the fence across from the marina. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

High water line about 4 feet high on the fence across from the marina. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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.

Hurricane Sandy- no more dunes on 2nd beach Point Lookout

Hurricane Sandy- no more dunes on 2nd beach, Point Lookout

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.

Hurricane Sandy- "unprotected" sign Point Lookout

Hurricane Sandy- “unprotected” sign Point Lookout, NY

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.

Sand washed up onto Ocean Blvd. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

Sand washed up onto Ocean Blvd. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

Looking west on Ocean Blvd. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

Looking west on Ocean Blvd. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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.

the chair hut is washed up with the sand that used to be the dunes.

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.

wow-even the post office was closed. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

wow-even the post office was closed. Hurricane Sandy Point Lookout, NY

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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Monday Point Lookout and Hurricane Sandy

50% chance of 5-6 foot storm surge for Point Lookout Monday

Latest National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Probabilities numbers indicate 50% chance of 5-6 foot storm surge for Point Lookout / Long Beach / Lido Beach / Atlantic Beach for Monday.

Monday 11 AM update.

City of Long Beach is reporting: (noon update) LONG BEACH BRIDGE REOPENED after their earlier report:

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East & West Bridges are open to get out at this time, however the LB Bridge is currently closed.

i take this to mean as we said yesterday was most likely, there was flooding on the Island Park side by Starbucks?   anyone know?
i would imagine this means we should expect flooding again, most likely much worse at this eveinings next high tide(beginning probably HOURS BEFORE it).

there are some real flooding in other towns from last high tide- east rockaway, bellmore i kniow of. how are you?

rainfall and winds expected LOWER than reported yesterday

NWS Hydrometeorological Ptrediction Center Quantitative Precipitation Forecast as of Monday

Back down to about 2 inches of rain expected as per NWS Hydrometeorological Ptrediction Center Quantitative Precipitation Forecast as of Monday

as the storm tracks much farther south than the local sky-is-falling “news” outlets are still talking (but never showing), in fact their coverage is going with even crazier hype-up talk this morning.

NWS Warnings cone as of Monday

Monday National Hurricane Center storm track shows over 100 miles south of Long Island

did you stay or have you evacuated? any pictures, let us know.

stay safe!