For 12 years, Maria Curcio has been able to watch the ocean from her front windows. After riding out Hurricane Irene without major problems, her family decided to stay put during Hurricane Sandy. They were unprepared for Sandy’s intensity.
First there was the wind. Pieces of debris broke third floor windows and drove four feet of sand into the lower level. Then the tidal surge came.
After the storm, there was no way to leave. Neighbors in the corner unit, their home no longer structurally sound, took refuge with Curcio. Meanwhile, two large scarecrows Curcio had attached to her second floor deck for Halloween were still in place after the storm, look freshing and new perched above the storm-littered street.
For days, the main effort was to dig through the sand to try to clear a path to the street. Without power and trapped in place by debris, the family was relieved when government and relief workers were allowed into the area.
The Red Cross was among the first to arrive, Curcio said, along with church volunteers. “I haven’t needed to cook,” she said. “I can (cook) now, but it helps to have the meals delivered so we can continue work on the house.”
Photo Credit: American Red Cross