2011-09-02 / Top Stories

Mandatory Evacuations Force Thousands From Their Homes



The West Lawrence Care Center on Seagirt Boulevard was evacuated on Saturday. The West Lawrence Care Center on Seagirt Boulevard was evacuated on Saturday.

Evacuating senior citizens on Seagirt Boulevard. Evacuating senior citizens on Seagirt Boulevard.

Route 878, on the Rockaway border with Nassau County, was closed to southbound traffic for most of the weekend. Route 878, on the Rockaway border with Nassau County, was closed to southbound traffic for most of the weekend.

This tree went down in Neponsit. This tree went down in Neponsit.

Both of the bridges were closed for much of Saturday and Sunday as a result of the hurricane. Both of the bridges were closed for much of Saturday and Sunday as a result of the hurricane.

Rockaway was flooded with cops as well as water, as extra units were assigned to guard the evacuation zone. Rockaway was flooded with cops as well as water, as extra units were assigned to guard the evacuation zone.

The Dunkin Donuts in Lawrence, heavily used by east end Rockaway residents, was boarded up, but open on Saturday. The Dunkin Donuts in Lawrence, heavily used by east end Rockaway residents, was boarded up, but open on Saturday.

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