Exploding Homes And The Stench Of Gas: Long Island, Post-Sandy

Oct 30, 2012 Full story: CW11 New York WPIX-TV 24

When PIX 11 News took a driving tour of some towns on the South Shore of Long Island , on the morning after Hurricane Sandy smacked the tri-state area, we came upon an early, eerie image on Grand Avenue: a house that was blown to bits, save for its concrete foundation.

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Kimberly

Orlando, FL

#1 Oct 31, 2012
My father lives at 2181 Jerusalem Ave, North Merrick,#4 NY 11566. He is 78 years old and I have not been able to reach him since the night before the storm hit. He tried to call me from his cell phone yesterday, but the phone cut out before he could speak. I have no idea what kind of damage his neighborhood has suffered, or whether or not he and his wife are safe, or his home. He didn't stock up on food or water and I'm very worried and desperate for information on the conditions in his neighborhood. Any information you can please share with me would mean so very much to me. I'm in FL and extremely concerned. You can reach me at KimberlyRoad@aol.com. Thank you.
Ken

Wesley Chapel, FL

#2 Oct 31, 2012
I don't know the # but contact the local volunteer Fire Department ..North Merrick FD they might be able to help
Anna

Gallatin, TN

#5 Oct 31, 2012
We live in Nashville TN but my daughter lives on West Broadway, Long Beach, NY, we don't see any news or pictures from there.. is there any out there and how do we get to these pictures or news? It is driving us nuts not hearing anything from Long Beach area.
Kimberly

Orlando, FL

#6 Oct 31, 2012
Hi and thank you both for responding. I finally made contact with him a few hours ago and he was fine. No power, no cell service at home, there wasn't much flooding near him and he was finally out driving about to see what was going on. I think I exhaled for the first time in days.

Anna, I know it's terrible. They keep showing "Long Island" as a whole, and not discussing the various areas, which was driving me nuts too. I agree with Ken; however, if the power is still out, or cellular signals are still poor, getting in touch with them is going to be difficult as well. I was trying to call a local paper and their phone was down. The good news is, my mom, in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn JUST got power restored a few minutes ago - an area they said could be out for as long as a week, so maybe Long Island's will return sooner as well. If there is anyone you know in NY that you can get a hold of, ask them to call 311 for you, giving them all of your family's information (name, address, etc.) and 311, hopefully (rescue and emergency # supposedly) should be able to give them an update on that area for you. Best of luck Anna ((((hugs)))). Let's wish for the best and refuse to accept anything other than phone outages!
Bellmore

Hempstead, NY

#7 Oct 31, 2012
Kimberly wrote:
My father lives at 2181 Jerusalem Ave, North Merrick,#4 NY 11566. He is 78 years old and I have not been able to reach him since the night before the storm hit. He tried to call me from his cell phone yesterday, but the phone cut out before he could speak. I have no idea what kind of damage his neighborhood has suffered, or whether or not he and his wife are safe, or his home. He didn't stock up on food or water and I'm very worried and desperate for information on the conditions in his neighborhood. Any information you can please share with me would mean so very much to me. I'm in FL and extremely concerned. You can reach me at KimberlyRoad@aol.com. Thank you.
I live off Jerusalem in Bellmore, Just west of Newbridge. We lost power, trees down but for the most part not to bad. My home just got power back this morning. South of Merrick rd. is a mess from flooding.
Bellmore

Hempstead, NY

#8 Oct 31, 2012
Anna wrote:
We live in Nashville TN but my daughter lives on West Broadway, Long Beach, NY, we don't see any news or pictures from there.. is there any out there and how do we get to these pictures or news? It is driving us nuts not hearing anything from Long Beach area.
http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/496080...
I know people that live in the Westend of Long beach, State streets area. A lot of damage and flooded areas. I believe the people are ok from reports but a lot of property damage.
Rivkah Hammer

Saint Kilda, Australia

#9 Oct 31, 2012
My Mother in law lives with her 2 sons on east cortland Ave, Oceanside. and from what we understand was evacuated to Nassau colosium. Despite having 3 cell phones none of them have made contact with us. We have contacted everyone from the redcross to the local police dept but still know nothing. Worried because my MIL has ill health and her younger son in his 40s is special needs. So anyone know how bad the east cortland drive area was hit? We live in Australia so we can't just check on them. Please message iHelp sn kids on facebook where I am an admin if anyone has been passed this area and knows it's status. we are fairly sure everything is ok with their house as their old fashioned answering machine goes on periodically when my husband calls...it is just not being answered!
Carol

North Hollywood, CA

#10 Oct 31, 2012
Does anyone know how Lido Beach held up. I'm in California and can't reach friends that live there.
Dee

Pasadena, CA

#11 Nov 1, 2012
Anna wrote:
We live in Nashville TN but my daughter lives on West Broadway, Long Beach, NY, we don't see any news or pictures from there.. is there any out there and how do we get to these pictures or news? It is driving us nuts not hearing anything from Long Beach area.
Anna, Kimberly and anyone needing information on Long Island Towns. If you have elderly relatives (like myself) I have kept up with watching everything on Long Island 12 news they have streaming news reports on Long Island, videos of everything that happened and is happening on Long Island. I have an elderly parent and friends I grew up with on the south shore of the Island and it was hard. Living out in California I have learned throughout time that if you cannot reach an elderly relation you can seek help at times like this from the local police precinct by calling their NON emergency number, the Red Cross can help as well and following news on News 12 Long Island keeps me in the know at all times. Cell phone reception is awful post Sandy as is even the land lines. I was blessed that today I was able to reach a gentleman at Sky Blue Limo who went to my mothers home, picked her up and safely delivered her to my daughter in Brooklyn so she didn't have to be alone,sitting in darkness with no lights, no way to cook food, no way to keep warm etc. This wonderfully compassionate man at Sky Blue Limo reduced his regular fee for me, picked up my mother, called me when they were in transit to let me know that she was safe and as he neared my daughter's home in Brooklyn took a call from me to give me their whereabouts and ETA. He was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't get anyone to help me with this drive and I was frantic. Praise God that there are still others out there who have loving and compassionate hearts.
I have had to go through several bouts of severe weather with family all over the US and The Red Cross and Local Policies agencies are always so helpful. Even in times when their is no crisis if you are ever unable to reach an elderly parent or other relative, call the closest police precinct on their Non Emergency Number and ask them to please send an officer to do a "Well Being" check. They respond quickly and will stay with that elderly person and wait while they see to it that you are called by that relative before they will leave that person. Hats off to all of our public servants as well as those "average Joes" who in times of crisis respond with such compassion and concern for their fellow man. It is always refreshing when I meet such people who can turn a terrible situation into a celebration of their amazing humanity. The Red Cross also at times of crisis also step up and help reunite families with those who become victims in natural disasters. They will take all the pertinent information on the missing individuals and they will send out the search request to those in the area and whenever possible will see to it that you are contacted by that relative. This organization is always one of the first organizations on the ground after a natural disaster. Please start your search by calling these folks and asking them for assistance. My prayers and thoughts are with all those who are victims of Sandy and their relatives. God Bless You All!
Les

Boynton Beach, FL

#12 Nov 4, 2012
I'm trying to get in touch with my friends in Lido,
They have a place on Bath St. by Marvel, my cousins are in Long Beach..E. Penn St. Still no word. I'm in FL :/. I'll post if I hear Carol.
Lisa C

Massapequa, NY

#13 Nov 4, 2012
Ken wrote:
I don't know the # but contact the local volunteer Fire Department ..North Merrick FD they might be able to help
I work near there and can check on the address. I drove down Jerusalem the other day and all houses appear ok. I will check tomoorrrow morning if you have not heard from them yet. Power just came on there yesterday so you might try calling again.
Hope

Forest Hills, NY

#14 Nov 4, 2012
North merrick has no power and cell service throughout Long Island is at best spotty. No water damage in merrick. I rescued my parents from oceanside so I can answer a bit about the towns in Nassau county. Also you can check LIPA website to see if your loved ones have power. They have an interactive map. Hope everyone connects soon to loved ones.
Hope

Forest Hills, NY

#15 Nov 4, 2012
Also have family in lido beach and long beach. This is all I really know. Lido beach has major water damage to most homes. I am not sure about power but LIPA is posted as flooded towns will probably not have power for another two weeks.

As for long beach, as the local news reports, "it is unlivable". The ocean actually met the bay in the center of town. They have a curfew. Town had tremendous water damage. I understand there are cars on top of cars. Beaches are no more. Residents were being evacuated by national guard to I believe Queens College.

Hope you will reach your loved ones soon.
Long Beach Doc

Rye, NY

#16 Nov 4, 2012
Carol wrote:
Does anyone know how Lido Beach held up. I'm in California and can't reach friends that live there.
It really depends on where they are but as a whole, severe flooding all over, pretty much everyone lost basements, first floors in some areas of Lido. Other parts just have minimal flooding. But most cars are not working from being under water, no power at all with no change coming in the near future. May be weeks for power to restore to the area. Your friends are hopefully safe but with spotty cell signal along the shore they prob have alot of difficulty making calls, thats even if they have a charge on the cell battery.
Rivkah Hammer

Saint Kilda, Australia

#17 Nov 4, 2012
anyone got the phone numbers or locations of shelters Oceanside residents might have gone to??
Sue

Ridgewood, NY

#18 Nov 4, 2012
The LIPA website is not reliable. it does NOT show the TRUE numbers of the people that are out of power...they seem to be trying to make themselves look good.
Hope wrote:
North merrick has no power and cell service throughout Long Island is at best spotty. No water damage in merrick. I rescued my parents from oceanside so I can answer a bit about the towns in Nassau county. Also you can check LIPA website to see if your loved ones have power. They have an interactive map. Hope everyone connects soon to loved ones.
Hope

Forest Hills, NY

#19 Nov 4, 2012
I live in oceanside and power in some parts starting coming on last night. Unfortunately I have not heard of residents being sent to a specific shelter. I do know that Long Beach residents are using Queens College and Long Beach is only a town away so you may want to try there. Hope you find your loved ones.
Sue

New York, NY

#22 Nov 5, 2012
Is the power still out East of Lawson Boulevard??? On the blocks of Waukena, W. Windsor, Perkins????
Sue Coyle

New York, NY

#23 Nov 5, 2012
Is the power still out In OCEANSIDE South Of Atlantic Avenue by the LIRR area??? Anyone have an e.t.a when it comes back?
Hope

Forest Hills, NY

#24 Nov 5, 2012
Sue wrote:
Is the power still out East of Lawson Boulevard??? On the blocks of Waukena, W. Windsor, Perkins????
yes, as of Tuesday night the only power in oceanside is by the hospital. It is supposed to come on by 11pm tomorrow night (LIPA reporting that ). Nor''ester expected Wednesday night. Once again south shore of Long Island in direct hit. Hope this info helps.

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