2010-03-19 / Front Page

Nor’easter Slams Rockaway

By Nicholas Briano

A Nor’easter that brought near hurricane strength winds of up to 75 miles per hour wreaked havoc along the Rockaway peninsula last weekend, dropping several inches of rain and knocking out electricity for more than one third of the peninsula’s residents.

Tree on Dunbar Street in Bayswater nearly splintered the house it stood in front of for many years. Tree on Dunbar Street in Bayswater nearly splintered the house it stood in front of for many years. The height of the storm came last Saturday night when trees snapped or were pulled from their roots and came crashing down on homes and cars.

The ferocious storm led to near-record numbers of 911 calls in New York. The City experienced its second-highest volume of 911 calls ever. It got 65,000 between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday, second only to the 96,000 made during the 2003 blackout.

According to Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which serves the Rockaway peninsula’s 33,000 customers, 11,000 lost power at the height of the storm on Saturday night. LIPA service technicians worked around the clock to restore power, but by Tuesday morning there were still 2,370 Rockaway customers left without power, according to LIPA’s website.

The Atlantic Ocean met the boardwalk at Beach 92 Street. The Atlantic Ocean met the boardwalk at Beach 92 Street. “We have all crews on deck,” LIPA spokesperson Vanessa Baird-Streeter said on Sunday, adding that Rockaway had winds of 75 miles per hour, which was the primary reason for the outages.

One injury was reported at the construction site of P.S 114, where a security guard was struck by flying debris and was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center, treated and released.

The storm even took a chunk out of the pen insula’s newest homes, located throughout the Arverne By The Sea development, much to the surprise of some residents who thought they were built to withstand a heavy storm. The siding came off several homes, shingles were sent flopping around in the wind and a few residents even watched their windows blow out.

The tent protecting the remediation work at the old LILCO MGP site on Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive was nearly ripped to shreds. The tent protecting the remediation work at the old LILCO MGP site on Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive was nearly ripped to shreds. Four people were admitted to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital with minor injuries, the worst being a fractured arm, a hospital spokesperson said.

Police reported at least four burglaries at the height of the storm as the power outages knocked out alarm systems of most businesses.

New York State Insurance Department announced this week that it has activated its disaster hotline to assist customers with insurance questions following the extensive damage done to most of the metropolitan area. Individuals can call 800-339-1759 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for information regarding what types of claims can be made for cars and homes.
This Volkswagon was slightly damaged by the falling tree at Beach 92 Street. This Volkswagon was slightly damaged by the falling tree at Beach 92 Street.
The intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and Noel Road in Broad Channel. The intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and Noel Road in Broad Channel.
Siding was blown off many of the newest homes at Arverne By The Sea. Siding was blown off many of the newest homes at Arverne By The Sea.
This group of trees on the beach block of Beach 143 Street took down the power lines. This group of trees on the beach block of Beach 143 Street took down the power lines.
This telephone pole at Cross Bay Boulevard and East 6 Road took a heavy hit. This telephone pole at Cross Bay Boulevard and East 6 Road took a heavy hit.
This fence at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 135 Stree t quickly fell to the hurricane-like winds. This fence at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 135 Stree t quickly fell to the hurricane-like winds.
The trees in O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway saw lots of damage from the storm. The trees in O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway saw lots of damage from the storm.

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