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Sandy: One Year Later

A year has passed since the devastating blow of Superstorm Sandy. The hurricane that turned into tropical storm by the time it reached Long Island has left scars upon us mentally as well as physically.  Manhasset residents were forcefully impacted and in some cases continue to feel residual effects of the storm. Residents here lost power for more than two weeks, living day to day in hopes of LIPA crews coming to fix the mangled messes of wire draped across lawns and roadways.

The ferocious winds that beat down upon us were incredibly surreal—like watching a movie in surround sound—yet all of the homes built here are still standing. Yes, trees came down and the pathway of devastation was definitely apparent; it had a pattern like a tornado hit. Trees blocked off roadways making it impossible for emergency first responders to get anywhere. Volunteer fireman and EMTs were on call for 72 hours, leaving their loved ones to fend for themselves while they were answering emergency calls.

What did we learn?  

Residents showed a great deal of resilience and once again turned to each other in mutual support during a time of turmoil.  Those who had generators opened their doors to those who didn’t. Others packed their bags and booked a hotel room or went to stay with relatives in areas which less impacted by the storm.  We lived by sunlight and made fires in our fireplaces. Parents brought children together in school yards and had impromptu social gatherings while their kids played together in the open school fields. The Manhasset school doors were opened to provide many with a warm place to stay while recharging electronic devices and using their computers.  Kids enjoyed the days out of school as well as in school to share their stories.

Though we were hit hard, we were lucky and managed to sweep up the debris and clean up the mess.  And our greatest joy was when the lights and heat came back on.