A year after Hurricane Sandy, some police properties are still showing signs of all of the damage caused by the storm, including a precinct on Coney Island that took a direct hit. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Knowing the major blow that the 60th Precinct in Coney Island took from Hurricane Sandy, a group of students from P.S. 90 stopped by the stationhouse this week to drop off a basket of goodies for officers.
"We brought a basket, and it had candy, and it was to thank all the police officers," said Erica Koshkin, a student at P.S. 90.
"Our principal and the children thought it would be very nice to bring something back to the community, and this was one way of saying thank you to all of the first responders in the neighborhood," said Lisa DiGeronimo, a school aide at P.S. 90.
When Hurricane Sandy hit, many of those officers had to run from the 60th stationhouse, fearing that they could be killed. As water poured into the building, basement walls cracked, and some eventually gave out.
A year later, those walls have been rebuilt, broken windows replaced, and shiny new lockers have been brought in for the officers.
There are, though, constant reminders of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy. Metal doors and jail cells still have rust marks.
The records room for the 60th Precinct is also housed in the basement. When all of the water flooded the building, years and years of records and important paperwork were destroyed.
Officers are slowly trying to replace whatever they can. It's the same situation at critical New York City Police Department evidence warehouses that sit on water banks.
"Three of them were damaged significantly, and we're still experiencing the effect of that, particularly as far as court cases are concerned," Kelly said. "Some evidence simply is not available. Pictures of evidence are being taken, seeing if that's a suitable replacement."
NY1 reached out to each of the city's five district attorneys. They said that prosecutions have not been negatively impacted because of damaged evidence and that they are continuing to work with the NYPD on this issue, one of many caused by Hurricane Sandy.