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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.”

Joseph Jablonski November 02, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Thanks for the article. I'm going to college in DC but I live back right down Neptune. Our house was elevated so it also was spared, but imagining such devastation has been tough. Praying for you all!
Andrew Coen November 02, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Thanks for sharing Joseph. I hope your family and friends in the Seaford Harbor area get through the upcoming challenges they will face.
Wayne Smith November 02, 2012 at 10:55 AM
As this article notes, the damage in many areas of Seaford Harbor is severe and extensive. Not surprisingly, most have no power (except for generators if you can get gas), no heat, no phone. Cell phone service is spotty at best and often doesn't work either. Obviously, most everybody has been flooded. What's missing is some kind of relief that would actually be in the neighborhood. People who haven't been through this before or who at this point are just plain overwhelmed struggle to figure out just what to do next sometimes, to say nothing of the fact that basic needs - like being able to get a hot shower - are now a challenge. I don't live in the Harbor but I do have a family member there who I've been trying to help. As a result, I've been in the area every day for the last three days. Yesterday I did see a Red Cross truck although it never got to my location, so don't know what they were providing.
Tony Liuzzi November 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We need FEMA, NYS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, RED CROSS, ALONG WITH NYS STATE INSURANCE, NASSAU COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH any other necessary agency to assist and SET UP A FIELD OFFICE AT THE SEAFORD AVE SCHOOL ASAP. in situations like this we also need a radio station that NYS emergency management personel can start at a time like this that would broadcast relief and other info to residence on Long Island how proceed with the clean up, where to get a hot meal and a shower, health issues etc. 24/7
Wayne Smith November 02, 2012 at 12:15 PM
You'd think that at least some of this would have been put in place already, given the severity of the storm. It's also going to get colder this weekend, which will only add even more urgency to the need for some kind of help.
Laurie Ann Ellul November 02, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I heard the Red Cross is at Cedar Creek!
Wayne Smith November 02, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Newsday is reporting that the RedCross has opened a center at Cedar Creek Park. The article indicates that this center will be open today from 11 to 2 and 4 to 6:30.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Seaford HS has POWER you would think the District leadership would open the HS doors and welcome people to use the shower facilities, offer hot meals or even coffee and hot choclate prepared on site by neighbors or even dropped off., perhaps a huge community pot luck dinner one nite. a place to recharge cell phones, show a movie in the auditorium for the kids, in a warm environment , a place where ,neighbors can drop off blankets, coats, food, batteries , etc for those in need. THIS is what a COMMNITY DOES in a time of crisis. Where is our district leadership when the community NEEDs them.
Linda Blake November 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I also live in the flooded Seaford area off of Narraganset we as of today have seen or heard from anyone No Lipa no officials no police two firemen were up the block to pump out 1 house. but we must praise the sanitation department they have been here 24/7. Thanks to them!!!
Steve & Kim November 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
The Red cross is at cedar creek and has been for 2 days..u gota go to them till they can get more people here...FEMA is here to..gotta go to them they are at NCC and in Lindenhurst Edward W. Bauer Elementary School 315 Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, NY open now till 7PM ...hit up Pete kings office in pequa has all the info..Good Luck...headin over there myself am in harbor
K November 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The red cross is at Cedar Creek park giving out hot meals, water and rations.
Maddie's momma November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Please share.... If you have kids that are cold and bored (like most of us) Sunrise Westfield Mall is showing How to Train Your Dragon at 7PM for FREE
Patrick M November 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The Seaford High School will be open tomorrow Saturday the 3rd 9-4. People can park in the main parking lot and gather in the cafeterias to charge phones, stay warm and watch tv.
Patrick M November 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Seaford High School will be open Saturday 9-4. Power, heat and TV available! There will be board games and hopefully a kids movie
Lenora November 03, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Glad you are safe @ college in DC Joseph & your family's home was elevated - my daughter Susette & family still w/o power like so many others on the Island. Devastation is unbelievable, as I witnessed first hand in my rivertown village of Irvington on Hudson. Hopefully, FEMA & other services will come quickly to all those in need, together with family & friends being there for one another! Stay safe!
Lorraine DeVita November 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
My heart be still someone actualy made a decision .. The school SHOULD be communal gathering place in a itme of crisis ..a safe haven \and i hope it continues with much needed additonal services offered to allow the residents of this community that have been so hard hit a respite from the devastation they are and will be enduring on the long road to recovery many of them will be facing in the days weeks and months to come.
alissa cataldo November 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Cedar creek park is giving out meals....
Mark & Betsy November 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I live at the end of South St in Seaford and have literally seen 2 LIPA trucks since the storm hit. We have downed wires across our lawn and just don't know where to turn next. Will it be days, weeks, months before my service is restored??
Denise November 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
My heart goes out to you Mark and Betsy! I lived down there too for 10 years but left after the March 13th 2010 nor'easter that flooded my house so bad, I had no electricity for a week until LIPA called in the power authorities from Maine to help them. It was cold and no hot showers, no FEMA, no Red Cross and the Flood insurance didn't pay a dime! The black mold took over underneath my house, and the raccoons took up residency and started fighting until death because it was mating season! I left Seaford and don't look back. Living on the water used to be a luxury but now with global warming and climate change, you can see for yourself the water level is getting higher and higher every year! That street has the worst flooding in every storm, full moon, new moon or any time the tide suddenly goes up! They can't fix it - they can keep raising the street and the home owners can keep raising their houses, but the tide will always catch up! Get out of Seaford is my suggestion before you waste anymore money fighting mother nature!
Disappointed in TOH November 10, 2012 at 06:50 AM
what I hear, Seaford was hit very hard. Probably harder than most areas. But all you hear about is Lindenhurst & Long Beach. That this person and that person was surveying the areas there. Why don't they survey this area. We in this area just got finished fixing from last years Hurricane. Without any help from any of these people then either. Every house on my block got hit. And still nobody shows up! But when they want their money they are all here with their hands out! Still no Electric and from what I hear it won't be on until either Thanksgiving or the first week in Dec! What the heck is that?? I just don't understand this!! Is it just me?
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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