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« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2012, 09:28:46 AM »
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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
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« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2012, 07:13:45 PM »
I really hope someone can give to the vollies out in broad chanel...

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #50 on: April 30, 2013, 12:37:47 AM »
4.28.2013, 19:22 PM
Six months after Hurricane Sandy, Breezy Point struggles to rebuild

Todd Maisel/New York Daily News
Limbo by the sea.

Six months after Hurricane Sandy rampaged through the tranquil seaside community of Breezy Point, 2,400 of the 2,800 homes remain unoccupied.

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Todd Maisel/New York Daily News

Michael Sullivan said he and his family moved back full time to their neighborhood in Breezy Point two weekends ago. ‘They were gonna shut off all power and water on my block for a week to take down the other homes. I had to stop them because this is such a ghost town now that nobody knew we were even back.’
Hundreds more have burned down or been condemned and demolished.

“Seven homes on my block are either gone or red-tagged for demolition,” says Michael Sullivan, 52, who guided me through the Queens community under a bright blue April sky shortly before Monday’s half-year milestone. “I only moved my family back in full time two weekends ago. They were gonna shut off all power and water on my block for a week to take down the other homes. I had to stop them because this is such a ghost town now that nobody knew we were even back.”

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An aerial photo taken April 26, 2013, shows how Breezy Point, Queens, looks six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the area.
Michael is one of six homeowners of the same Sullivan family displaced in Breezy Point by the great storm. One of them, Thomas Sullivan, who escaped from the 96th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11, only to go home and be called up to the reserves and sent to Iraq, lost his home on 219th St.

“Thomas is living with his wife’s family in Long Island until they can rebuild,” says Michael. “But insurance and the new building codes delay everything. It’s like Breezy is frozen in time. Just look. What used to be the fifth house in on Thomas’ block is now beachfront property occupied by the son of a firefighter who died on 9/11.”

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John Nies, who runs a siding and roofing company, said those whose houses burned down were lucky. ‘They had fire insurance and will get paid and will rebuild. But the ones whose homes were flooded are still haggling with insurance companies.’
Across the street from Thomas Sullivan’s vanished home, Billy Gorra, 56, a Wall Street trader, stands in the empty lot where his next-door neighbor’s house was until Big Bad Sandy came on Oct. 29, 2012, and huffed, and puffed and blew his house off its block foundation.

“They had to tear it down,” says Gorra, who was conferring with his contractor on storm repairs when I interrupted his busy Sunday morning. “Here on this one-block stretch of 219th St., eight of 18 homes were lost. No idea how many will rebuild. Even if you meet the new specs, the insurance will be insane. That’s if you have insurance to collect from Sandy. The elderly lady behind me had no flood insurance. She can’t afford to rebuild. Others are still squabbling with their adjusters. I did okay, no complaints. My family’s been here since 1961, right after Hurricane Donna. But if another storm like Sandy hits us, then it’s bye-bye Breezy for us.”

PHOTOS: HURRICANE SANDY: BEFORE & AFTER


Kevin P. Coughlin /NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Work begins on a new boardwalk in the Rockaways.
On the other end of the oceanfront promenade, Rich Resner, 52, sits on a balcony of his under-construction home on Oceanside Ave. reading a newspaper.

“I’ve been living in a motor home in the Breezy Point parking lot for the past six months,” he says. “The co-op has been terrific, but I have to vacate soon, and I’m pushing my contractor to at least finish the top floor so me and my wife can move in. On this block, three houses were lost or condemned on one side, one on the other. There were nine lost between here and where the Sugar Bowl bar-restaurant used to be in the Wedge before Sandy destroyed it.”

RELATED: CITY TO REIMBURSE RESIDENTS FOR HURRICANE SANDY REPAIRS


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The home of Billy Gorra’s neighbor had to be torn down after Hurricane Sandy blew it off its foundation. ‘If another storm like Sandy hits us, then it’s bye-bye Breezy for us,’ he said.
The Wedge is that scorched-earth oceanfront section of Breezy Point that now resembles a newly uncovered ancient ruin — the foundations of scores of homes that sizzled to the ground when the Sandy winds hopscotched the blazes from home to home to home, exploding gas tanks and lighting up the inky skies with a glow that made it look like an Hieronymus Bosch nightmare vision of hell.

“Don’t let anyone bull---t you or sugarcoat what’s going on in Breezy,” says John Nies, 55, who runs the Oceanfront siding and roofing company. “I was here through Sandy as a member of the Rockaway Point Fire Department, and I never experienced anything like that insane night in my life. It was a game-changer.”

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The foundation is all that is left of many of the homes in Breezy Point destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
He sweeps a big, callused hand across the sad plateau of rubble that was once almost 200 homes in the Wedge, which viewed now from the sky looks like the aftermath of blitzkrieg.

“The people whose homes burned down were the lucky ones,” he says. “They had fire insurance and will get paid and will rebuild. But the ones whose homes were flooded are still haggling with insurance companies. I had one work crew before Sandy. I have four crews working now. It’s financially beneficial, but it’s been an emotional nightmare. Friends, neighbors, good decent people just ruined. Many never coming back. There wasn’t a single home untouched by Sandy that I know of in Breezy. And (Gov.) Cuomo, (City Council Speaker Christine) Quinn and (Mayor) Bloomberg all came down and said everything would be expedited. Now the cameras are gone. It’s six months later. And next to nothing has been done. Most of the people from Breezy are living in Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Long Island. It’s eerie here, like a ghost town, especially at night with 2,400 families gone. I don’t see the politicians anymore, either.”

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A woman weeps as she came back to see her destroyed home in Breezy Point, New York from a massive fire caused by hurricane Sandy on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.
As you pass the boarded-up homes, the barren lots, the leaning homes with melted siding and Buildings Department red tags in the windows, the shuttered Kennedy’s restaurant, and watch the wind tumble off the ocean across the Wedge, you can almost see the ghostly memories that have been scattered into the retreating sea.

Yet work goes on all over Breezy Point. Trucks laden with lumber, new doors, roofing and siding material jolt down the sand-buried laneways. People fill FEMA-issued bins that will be reclaimed soon. Backhoes dig new foundations, and the sounds of hammers and saws echo across the morning.

RELATED: DIFFERENT SANDY PAYOUTS FOR NYC, LONG ISLAND


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A sign in Breezy Point that remains standing after the storm.
“The problem is that the Department of Buildings now requires all new building rise 9 feet above the ground,” Nies, a 6-footer, says, reaching high above his head to a marker on a model deck erected on Irving Walk in the Wedge. “You must build on 18-inch pilings so water can rush under your house. And after that insane storm, it’s not unreasonable. But the cost is prohibitive. We’ll have to build ramps for the elderly to get to their front door 9 feet up from the ground. The insurance will be crazy. The bureaucracy to get permits is stalled. No one knows if existing homes will be grandfathered in yet. If so, can they be insured? Nothing’s getting done. I complained to a Building Department inspector last week, and he said, ‘I hate to tell you this, but there are four other boroughs.’ ”

Nies flaps his arms and gazes across the wounded land by the sea that he calls home and where he saved lives during Sandy and helps to rebuild in the aching aftermath.

RELATED: PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY

“The inspector was right,” he says. “People are hurting from Sandy all over in Breezy, in Rockaway, in Staten Island. And so that’s why you have to ask: Where’s Quinn, Cuomo and Bloomberg six months later? I think everyone has forgotten and moved on.”

“But we’re still here,” says Michael Sullivan, “trying to rebuild our lives in Breezy Point.”

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #51 on: June 27, 2013, 04:24:35 PM »
Another Sandy related death...RIP...                                             http://entertainment.verizon.com/news/read/category/Top%20News/article/ap-body_of_nyc_storm_victim_lay_undetected-ap#.UcyKp-mhBgA.email

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2013, 01:22:57 PM »
Over the past few days, I have read the 2nd Issue / 2013 of WNYF which was entirely devoted to FDNY's response to Hurricane Sandy, before, during and after.  Truly, another FINEST HOUR in a long, proud tradition of FINEST HOURS !  Several of the articles refer to AUC 139 and 72, 48 and 24 hour check lists during the preparation phase.  I was able to bring up the AUC on line but was unable to locate the check lists.  Are they local documents prepared at the Borough, Division, Battalion and Company level or are they department wide documents?  Thanks in advance.

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2014, 04:09:40 PM »
I found some notes I took that night of the Breezy Point fire with some rundowns too. Who knows if these are all of the units but it’s what I have. I also have a note of a radio report that stated everything West of Beach 35 Street was flooded.

Queens Box 8300 Breezy Point

-E329 we can see a large body of fire in Breezy Point coming back over the bridge
-BP Vollies we have multiple 10-75s, approximately 3 blocks burning and no water
-Car 4D to QD what alarm do we have on this?...QD we have nothing we are waiting on you…Car 4D give us a 4 Alarm 00:20
-Car 4D the fire has stopped moving North and West from Beach207-Beach 208 streets due to the wind changing
-FC transmit a 4 Alarm units to go down Beach 208St to stop the fire on the West side
-FC transmit a 5 Alarm
-FC Transmit a 6 Alarm with units to go to Beach 220St and Breezy Point Blvd and we have 2 10-45c?

Total Response in addition to Breezy Point Volunteer Departments

ENGINES: E10, E14, E23, E33(stuck), E217, E227, E231, E240, E247, E249, E257, E264, E273, E276, E287?, E294, E302, E309, E310, E323, E329, E330, E332,

LADDERS: L12, L17acting??, L20, L48, L115FAST, L121, L124, L128, L138, L142, L153, L154, TL157, L159, L159, L169, TL170, L702,

BATTALION CHIEFS: B33, B41RUL, B46, B53SAM, B58SO, B74,

STAFF CHIEFS: Car1E, Car4D, Car9, Car12A, Car15A,

SPECIAL UNITS: D13?, E266 with BFU7, E284 with SAT3, E324 with SAT4, FC1, MSU, RB2, R4?,

Partial Alarm Response
5th Alarm(E310, E217, E330, TL157, TL170) go to Beach 210st and Breezy Point Blvd
              (E231, E302, E227, L138) go to Beach 219st and backtrack to Beach 216st
6th Alarm(E294, E309, E276?, E257, L169, L153)
« Last Edit: March 15, 2014, 04:14:36 PM by FDNY793727 »

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #54 on: March 15, 2014, 05:40:20 PM »
In regard to the big Fire in Breezy the Res Bn had also seen it from the Marine Pkwy Bridge & reported it much earlier when the tide was still high.....quite awhile after Units had been Dispatched to other incidents both in QNS & BKLYN Units were assigned to 8300 i believe 329 got bogged down along the road somewhere.....other than the Vollies LAD*124 & ENG*10 both from qtrs were the first Units to actually arrive in Breezy.....BN*46 from qtrs was the first BC.....Chief Phfiefer Car 4 was actually on the scene first......Beach 34 St & West to Breezy was the heavy  flood zone.

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Re: Queens- Hurricane Sandy Summary
« Reply #55 on: March 15, 2014, 05:45:34 PM »
They also were only sending truck companies at first. The dispatchers told all trucks companies to wait on the bridge to let engines get by because there weren't any down there yet. I wonder if 10 Engine enjoyed their trip to the beach...

 

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