2012-11-07 / Front Page

Aftermath Of Sandy



In a scene that resembles a bombing in a war-torn country, Breezy Point, along with the surrounding neighborhoods of the greater Rockaway Peninsula and nearby Staten Island, sustained catastrophic damages from fire, 90 mph winds and overwhelming surges produced by Hurricane Sandy on the evening of October 29. More than 100 homes were incinerated in Breezy Point during one of the largest conflagrations the city has witnessed in more than a decade. In Belle Harbor, dozens of structures, commercial and residential, were also wiped off the map by fire during the storm’s rage. As the city attempts to get back on line, tens of thousands remain without electricity, gasoline for their vehicles or generators or, worst of all, are now homeless in Sandy’s wake. With fall temperatures dropping to the 30s, the victims of the south shore are taking refuge anywhere they can with numerous shelters set up across the borough. The storm has created a shortage of gas, as many stations have simply run out or do not have power to pump the gas. This has created gas-lines more than 10 blocks long and has resulted in waits of up to five hours for only a rationed amount of fuel. Subways, railroads and buses are operating on a modified basis. The MTA has reported that the majority of subway service has been restored. The death toll in New York City has reached more than 40, with nine of the victims here in Queens. For more information on the relief efforts and photos, visit www.QGazette.com. –Jason D. Antos 
Photo Courtesy Office of the Queens Borough President In a scene that resembles a bombing in a war-torn country, Breezy Point, along with the surrounding neighborhoods of the greater Rockaway Peninsula and nearby Staten Island, sustained catastrophic damages from fire, 90 mph winds and overwhelming surges produced by Hurricane Sandy on the evening of October 29. More than 100 homes were incinerated in Breezy Point during one of the largest conflagrations the city has witnessed in more than a decade. In Belle Harbor, dozens of structures, commercial and residential, were also wiped off the map by fire during the storm’s rage. As the city attempts to get back on line, tens of thousands remain without electricity, gasoline for their vehicles or generators or, worst of all, are now homeless in Sandy’s wake. With fall temperatures dropping to the 30s, the victims of the south shore are taking refuge anywhere they can with numerous shelters set up across the borough. The storm has created a shortage of gas, as many stations have simply run out or do not have power to pump the gas. This has created gas-lines more than 10 blocks long and has resulted in waits of up to five hours for only a rationed amount of fuel. Subways, railroads and buses are operating on a modified basis. The MTA has reported that the majority of subway service has been restored. The death toll in New York City has reached more than 40, with nine of the victims here in Queens. For more information on the relief efforts and photos, visit www.QGazette.com. –Jason D. Antos Photo Courtesy Office of the Queens Borough President

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