2013-01-11 / Top Stories

When Sandy hit Broad Channel

Photos by Dan Guarino.

On the evening of October 29th, 2012 hurricane Sandy stormed the shores of the East Coast. Waves swept by heavy winds engulfed Broad Channel, a small island about three and half miles long and a half mile wide. High tides, rising to at least five or six feet in places, slammed into businesses, houses, churches and civic buildings and lifted and carried boats, decks, automobiles, docks and gangways, boardwalks, parts of homes, oil tanks, propane cylinders and floating wreckage.

Broad Channel, the last inhabited island in Jamaica Bay, is home to more than 3,000 individuals. Nearly every building and home in the tight-knit community was hit.

For several hours during the storm the entire island was covered by water.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 30th, Broad Channel residents ventured out to check on neighbors and see what Sandy had done.

These photos show some of what they saw.

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