We’ve been reporting on all the damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. We told you about the organizations that need both donations and volunteers, how to avoid a scam and local community recovery events. But this has also been a personal story for Peter, who calls Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island his home.
In total, Fire Island was one of the communities hardest hit by Sandy. To date, the island remains off limits to the public. Earlier this week, emergency workers improved conditions so that limited homeowners and year-round residents are allowed temporary access.
Peter went back to inspect the damage several times. Yesterday, he went out to look at the damage again and try to assess the next steps in rebuilding. Peter commented:
I continue to find stuff from my house five and six blocks away — it literally floated out to sea, and some of it floated back…all very sad….
As you can see from the photographs, the situation remains depressing and bleak…..and with winter coming on, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. To get a sense of the damage, here are a few shots of Fire Island now, and then the complete slideshow of Fire Island before and after Hurricane Sandy.
Images on this page credit: Jennifer Wolfe