Rockaway Residents Prepare For Second Hurricane In As Many Years
Some areas of the Rockaways are still recovering from Irene and now they have to deal with Sandy. NY1's Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.
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Long before Sandy's arrival, the berms protecting the Rockaway Beach boardwalk began yielding to her waves.
The dramatic photo and video opportunities drew people who just had to come and look for themselves, even if the full picture of Sandy's potential is still hours away.
Last year, Irene battered the boardwalk and beach, causing $3.8 million in damage. Crews still haven't finished the repairs. Now, Sandy is poised to put the coastline through what could be the worst beating of a generation.
Despite that, many people in the Rockaways don't seem to want to budge. Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, about 20 MTA buses drove off the peninsula, empty. They were parked all day, waiting to take people to safer ground.
At the Hammel Houses, people played dominoes and watched TV, unfazed by the mandatory evacuation in place.
Throughout the day, police officers made the rounds, going door to door and encouraging people to heed the warnings. An NYPD sergeant said a majority opted to hunker down for the duration.
No one denies the fact that this storm might be vicious. They just don't accept the fact that Sandy might be deadly. In fact, NY1 spoke with a few people who said they were having hurricane parties, while others said they planned on going out.