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The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Impacts My Hometown

Photo Credit: Lisa Huber
Hurricane Sandy pummeled the northeast this past week.  Although the storm is over, the devastation is only now being fully revealed. It was brought home for me as my hometown of Lindenhurst, Long Island was greatly impacted.

The above photo used to be Barnacle Bill's Restaurant; a well known fresh seafood eatery located on the corner of Montauk Highway and Roosevelt Avenue.  It's since changed hands but the flooding can be seen as the canal behind it overflowed.

The view down Roosevelt Avenue from Montauk Highway
Rutherig Marine on Roosevelt Avenue in Lindenhurst
The three photos were taken by Lisa Huber.  Lisa grew up on Gulf Street which intersects at the end of Roosevelt Avenue.  Her mom was my babysitter when my brother Steve and sister Christine were growing up.  We keep in touch through Facebook.

When you're from Lindenhurst, you stick together.  That's the kind of place it is.  No matter how long you've been gone, it's still home.

Lisa grew up in the same house her grandparents raised their family. Her mom and dad continue to live there to this day.  Hurricane Sandy brought devastation upon them.  Five feet of water accumulated in their basement.  There was much damage and power was out for days.  As Lisa updated friends and family on Facebook, she was amazed that vandals were occurring despite the presence of the National Guard.

Lindenhurst is a working class town.  People get to know one another.  My formative years were spent here.

I lived across the street from the canal.  Boat docks dotted the landscape outside my windows.  Our two story house had a flat roof. A hatch opened up from my brother's bedroom to the top where we could climb up a rickety ladder and sit and watch the stars at night. Many of our friends were paraded up those stairs to stand on the roof to catch a great view of the bay and the ocean beyond.

Clam boats lined the docks.  In the early morning hours, people like my friend Robyn's dad could be seen boarding his clam boat to set out and gather clams in the Great South Bay.  He returned with full nets to sell to the local restaurants.    

Social media can be fickle.  People tune in to the news when disaster strikes.  But once the event is over, attention goes elsewhere.  I have to admit that I've been like that too.

But when a disaster impacts a place you love and people you care about, it changes everything.  

Many people and places other than Lindenhurst were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  But this one hits home for me.  Watching this news video brought tears to my eyes.

Please continue to pray for all the people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  We get to go back to life as usual.  But for many, life will not be the same for many years to come.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. My heart goes out to everyone who has been and is still affected by this devastating storm, and also to those loved ones far away who feel helpless and are just waiting to hear from their family and friends. My sister is from New Jersey, and would do anything to be there to help, support, and comfort. You are right, for many it will take a long time and strength from our loving Father to recover.

    Blessings and prayers for Lisa, you and your family and friends!

  2. I can imagine how invasive this destruction is to your childhood roots. Oh, Debbie, I'm sorry. Yes, praying for all Sandy's victims.

  3. You are so right about this one...our attention is focused on the event as it's happening forgetting that for those effected the impact can be felt for months afterward...I too will continue to remember to keep those effected by this storm in prayer

  4. ah Debbie, you know this hurts my heart too, as I was born in Long Island,N.Y. I know our connections always cross paths, especially at times like right now, when so many are hurting. I pray for all of them, and it makes me so sad.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this Debbie. Yes, I got a lump and a burning sensation in my throat--when the guy said he's making his first mortgage payment tomorrow--he did have a great attitude about him, though--that was very uplifting--praying for Lindenhurst--thank you for making it real for me!

  6. Oh Debbie you are soo right. The devastation is just soo horrible, and these poor people will be months cleaning up the mess LONG after everyone else has forgotten. I will continue to pray for them all. Wish there was more I could do. Soo sad.

  7. Prayed for everyone affected. My brother is based in NY. Glad they're okay. Stay safe.

  8. i can't imagine how this is breaking your heart.
    we all need to help in any way we can.


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