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Sandy One Year Later: Queens State Senator Wants Battered Area Included In State Buyout Program

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There are some blocks that were so crippled during Hurricane Sandy that one local politician fears that the next storm surge will wipe some streets completely off the map, and he wants the state to include those blocks in the buyout program. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.

Frank Lamadore, 83, has lived in a low-lying home on Beach 45th Street since the 1960s. The retired token booth clerk has seen a lot of storms come and go. But when it comes to Hurricane Sandy?

"It wrecked all these houses over here," he said. "It's a damn shame."

A shame because Lamadore said he never saw some of his neighbors again.

Audra West is one of a handful of residents who returned to Beach 45th Street after the storm, but she still has nightmares after seeing the flood waters from Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet in her living room.

"I was looking, thinking I was going to wait it out, until I saw the water coming to the window, and I was like, 'Wait, no, we are going to really drown,'" she said.

State Senator James Sanders has been going door to door on the paralyzed block, listening to resident's horror stories.

"People are now in harm's way, and we have to figure out how to get them out of it," he said.

He called it the block the city forgot.

"This part of town is not sexy. It doesn't have the big names living in here," Sanders said. "No former congressman lives here."

Sanders is urging the city to include the area in the state's buyout program, fearing that the next catastrophic storm would wipe the street, which was built on flood plains, off the map.

"Since the state and the city have coming up with money to buy people out, here are areas that need to be looked at," Sanders said.

The end of the residents' battered block is an unpaved stretch of rocks, sand and dirt, which they call the most alarming sign of their neglect.

Lamadore said he and his neighbors feel like the invisible victims of the storm.

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