On Saturday, I spent time in Midland Beach, Staten Island, which was an area hard-hit by hurricane Sandy. Many homes were severely damaged by floodwaters, and will either have to be torn down, or the insides will have to be gutted. One lady in the neighborhood took me into her home to survey the damage. It was a two story house, and the water came up to the ceiling on the first floor, causing them to have to gut everything on that floor, but it seems as though the second story was alright. The first thing she said as I walked into her home was, “I was one of the lucky ones.” Many people in Staten Island had their homes completely destroyed – either because they were leveled to the ground, or because they had too much water damage to repair them.

After spending time in Midland Beach, I thought I had seen the worst of Sandy’s destruction. But today we also walked through New Dorp in Staten Island, and it literally looked as though a large bomb had gone off in the area. Multiple homes were leveled to the ground, with rubble everywhere. These people are also still without power and running water – 7 days after the hurricane. Below are some more photos from Midland and New Dorp. To find out how to help with hurricane relief in Staten Island, click here.

A young boy sitting near a camp fire at a supply spot that’s set up in New Dorp, Staten Island. They had hot food, tents, a camp fire, and lights run by generators for when it got dark out. Many people in this area completely lost their homes.
A home that was leveled in New Dorp.
The US Marines near Midland Beach.
Trash on the streets after flooding in New Dorp.
Rubble from destroyed homes in New Dorp.
Off-duty police officers walking around to pass out water as the sun goes down on New Dorp Beach.
Part of a road missing near New Dorp Beach.
The living room of a house that was destroyed.
This was an awesome camp set up in New Dorp. They had hot food, a campfire, and tents set up.
A message written on the window of a home in Midland Beach, Staten Island, that was determined to be unsafe to enter or occupy. Of the homes I walked passed in this area, almost half of them were considered to be unsafe to be in, which means these folks are left without a home.
A home that was destroyed in New Dorp during the hurricane.
A group of friends walking around with a wagon full of cleaning supplies in Midland Beach, Staten Island today. Many homes in this area suffered major flood damage, so they were asking folks if they needed help cleaning up.

Basically this entire home in New Dorp had to be gutted… but they were able to get the wood-burning stove working again, and were kind enough to invite us in to warm up for a bit today.

3 replies on “Sandy Aftermath in Staten Island

  1. You are such an angel and it shows in your photos…
    Your photo of the leveled house with the garbage bag in front, did you notice the child hugging the mother shadows that formed on the bag? I see it…do you?

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