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.