Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

 Now that heat, electricity and an internet connection have returned to my life I can upload a very small sample of the destruction that Old Westbury suffered at the hands of the vicious winds of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.  Above, the entrance to 'Erchless', which took an absolute beating along the perimeter of the estate.
 
 The next four are from Wheatley Road between the Service Road and Post.  With no working traffic lights I did not venture terribly far for photographs on Tuesday and Wednesday but I imagine much of the north shore (and the rest of Long Island) looks like this.




Post Road off the westbound Service Road.  This tree was still laying across the road entangled in power lines as of Thursday morning.  Photos of the damage at 'Spring Hill' on Monday.

11 comments:

Zach said...

From Tuesday until yesterday I did not see a single LIPA truck.

On the L.I.E. on the way into the city earlier I passed a convoy of out of state utility trucks with a police escort heading eastbound and every gas station in Queens had a line at least 50 cars long.

A friend told me most of the gas stations around the East Williston area were being guarded either by police or National Guard troops.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Clue me in on the terrain if you would. It seems the area is at the beginning of the ridge or spine of Long Island, being on the south side it received the brunt of the winds.

Zach said...

Old Westbury is pretty much where the Hempstead Plains meet the Wheatley Hills. I don't know what the north side of the Hills looks like (Brookville etc) but I can tell you both hilly and flat terrain in OW got pummeled.

Zach said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/nyregion/fractured-recovery-a-week-after-hurricane-sandy.html?_r=0

Anonymous said...

I can say the south shore got hit really hard. Long Beach, Freeport, Merrick, Oceanside,The Five Towns, The Rockaways, Islip, Lindenhurst,Babylon...wiped.

There was a shooting in an Oceanside gas station today because someone cut the line. But for the most part, everyone, at least around my town and what I've seen, seem to be handling themselves well.

Zach said...

http://news.yahoo.com/hurricane-sandy-second-most-powerful-storm-144245618.html

archibuff said...

North Shore towns like Mill Neck, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, Syosset got hit hard, lots of trees down and resting on homes. Shore road in Mill Neck is officially closed due to undermining of the roadbed. Have only seen utility trucks with Power Source logos in these neighborhoods and they have restored electric to a tremendous number of customers. Power back!Great work gentlemen and ladies. Everyone has been neighborly and have only seen the best in people under difficult circumstances.

Any news on Old Westbury Garden's irreplaceable allee of trees?

Anonymous said...

My cousin lives in Bayville and her house is pretty much gone. Hear the Bayville Bridge is gone.

I pray Old Westbury was saved...but looking at Zachs pictures I highly doubt it.

Zach said...

Thankfully Old Westbury was not a victim of the storm surge. It is a victim of LIPA incompetence however, it will probably be another 2 weeks before power is restored.

I don't think OWG lost any of the allee trees. It was mostly oak and pine trees in OW that fell.

BillinMI said...

The bridge in Bayville is still there, and Shore Road has 1 lane open - that road has had problems for years and now we see the costs of "deferred" maintenance. My Locust Valley family members have electricity, Bayville not yet, Sea Cliff does.That's all I've heard here in MI. Phone service was restored in Bayville just yesterday. Hang in there LI!

Kirk said...

I understand Planting Fields lost at least 100 specimn trees from the storm. That is in addition to the hundreds of other trees that fell.