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Seaford Harbor Area Picking Up Pieces From Superstorm Sandy

Section of Seaford south of Merrick Road was especially hard hit during Monday's epic storm.

Residents in the Seaford Harbor area are trying to pick up the pieces after getting battered with flood and wind damage from Superstorm Sandy Monday.

The section of Seaford south of Merrick Road was particularly hard hit from the epic storm because of its proximity to canal waters that stretch toward the Atlantic Ocean. Furniture sits out in front of many Seaford Harbor properties after incurring water damage from street flooding that stretched into houses and businesses. Many boats docked at marinas also landed on lawns in addition to trees that were uprooted from powerful winds that were estimated to be above Hurricane-force.

Kristen Makhlout said most of her neighbors on Bayview Avenue suffered water damage after the canal near the street flooded and a squid even landed on her lawn at one point during the storm. She said her house was elevated so it only suffered flooding in the basement and backyard. 

“We were very lucky,” said Makhlout of how her home did not take get damaged as much as others on her block.

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Makhlout, a 2001 Seaford High School graduate, said in the wake of Sandy, neighbors have been banding together offering help.

“I’ve seen people knocking on doors seeing if anybody needed any help,” she said.

While water levels got high on Bayview Avenue, Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy said the Seaford Harbor School was spared flood damage. 

One Seaford Harbor area street that was especially hard hit was Narraganset Avenue, which also got battered with flooding during Hurricane-turned Tropical Storm Irene in late August 2011. Mary Kate Tischler elevated her Narragansett Avenue home after Irene and was in the final stages of rebuilding the house before Superstorm Sandy struck.

“Even after elevating our house after Irene, we still got three inches of water inside, so now we have to replace sheetrock and tile floors again,” Tischler said. “Our neighbors who didn't elevate after Irene had about five feet of water in their houses…I feel terrible for them.”

Judith Conlon November 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I grew up in Seaford Harbor. The Harbor as we know it ..is gone. The people are resilient and they will somehow get through this, but it's going to be a long road. Everyone should put a generator on their next to-do list. Hooked up to natural gas, all the better! You can't rely on outside assistance, the TOH is overwhelmed, along with everyone else.. My heart goes out to you all!
Lea Tannenbaum November 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Power is back on Narraganset as of tonite 11/12/12
Lea Tannenbaum November 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Finally power is back on Narraganset/Harbor Blvd. Lets hope those who can, rebuild and help others who are worse off than we are!
betty ford November 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I just want to put out there what a great job the American Red Cross is doing and also all the people who are reaching out to help us out of the kindness of their own hearts. I can say in my life I never thought I would be standing on a line for food, water, blankets or just to hear the kind words of strangers. To all my friends who have also reached out and offered help -- Thank you to you and your families also! Kathy L. the boys did a great job and I apperciate the help Mike and Nick. Diane and Steve- thank you so much for your support and I Love you both, your great friends. To my fellow neighbors on Ionia St your a great group and thats why we all have so much fun together even in these challenging times. We've been there for eachother to laugh and cry. So when this is all over and done party at JOSE'.
Cindy B November 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I cant belive people came down my block which was full of boats three on my lawn it was so dangerous !!!!!!!!!! No one would close the road .Boat owners should have been told to park on the corner,if there ever was a fire we would have all been killed!!!!!!!!!!!! People where driving and parking where ever they wanted some not even boat owners walking on our property,some people where there just taking pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!! National guard where here they said they couldnt do anything the police couldnt do anything So instead of getting house taken care of we had to stay outside for days!! One that was a blessing after boats where half cleared the AMERCIANREDCROSS GOD BLESS THEM AND THE SEAFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT.And my prayers go out to all where who were effected !!!!!!!!!!!

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