Well, we've survived our first "Post-Sandy" year, at least according to the generally accepted calendar we all live under! It's been, well...Rough. Very rough. This article is dedicated to the real experience Freeport endured at this time. I'm keeping it simple, but I would like you to contact me after reading this, and I'd like you to post any images that you have to our facebook pages.
I'd also like to give three up-front shout-outs, one to Jason Bass who helped me record some of this stuff, and one to Friends of Freeport for helping to rebuild our town. Third, of course, goes to our first responders for the efforts they put forth.
The Hurricane Sandy Timeline
This was, honestly, one of those events that we'll always "remember where you were." In fifty years, some of us will be asked about the storm and we'll remember where we were. It's just the way that storm went. So, I guess in honor of that, here's where I was:
On Friday, October 26th, 2012, this publication posted an article about what was being touted as a "Frankenstorm." That's right, did you forget that term? We all did. We all had a reason to. By Monday, October 29th, 2012, I reported in one of my 10+ updates that Sandy was, well, hitting hard. I remember, particularly, that when we lost power in the apartment I was staying at (in Hempstead), I went out to my car, got an ancient and barely-functional battery-powered AM/FM radio, searched through the channels with a broken channel display until I finally got reliable news. I even tried to post on my smart-phone, an outdated-by-years Blackberry.
It was not a fun night.
The next day, my friend Jason and I went down to Freeport. Our first stop was my house, in the first of many video recordings we made. Some people like them, some don't. Go figure. And, yes, this is my basement.
Moving on, we checked the entire town out. This particular house haunted me:
I keep reiterating, it looks like someone took a sci-fi laser to the place and sliced the bulk of it off after the five-foot marker. It's just...Scary, man.
I remember stopping by Atlantic Pizzeria and speaking to the owner of the flooded-out business. He gave us the flash memory on his camera to download some video and pictures he'd taken. They were of Sandy's actual impact into Freeport, and they're not pretty. Of course, those pictures are no longer with us on the internet. However, we have some video below:
Of course, we're far from the only community hit by this disaster. All of Long Island suffered; NYC's subways were inundated; New Jersey's boardwalk was demolished by the floods; and Queens' Breezy Point, in particular was devastated by fire:
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