SI Residents Hit By Sandy Not Complaining After Snowstorm
Some Staten Islanders are spending the day shoveling, but many are not complaining, saying they saw worse after Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
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Nearly 10 inches of snow are piled in front of Kim Avena's Midland Beach home, but the longtime resident said she'll take it.
Her house was badly damaged by floodwaters in Hurricane Sandy, and she was worried that her newly renovated home would be ruined once again.
"We were always used to snow, but now, when anything happens, you're very nervous," she said. "You can't sleep. You're kind of tumbling. You keep looking out the window looking for water. But snow is OK. We can shovel it out."
The shovels were out early all over the neighborhood, as residents practically rejoiced that the storm brought nothing but snow with it.
"Yesterday, we heard they were talking about storm surges, and that gives you a little anxiety, because we've had enough storm surge for one lifetime," said resident John Lotesto.
"They said the wind was going to be up to 70 miles, so we were afraid," said resident Jonah Tarley. "We did not know what to really expect. And we were afraid there would be another flooding again."
Thankfully, that's not what happened. Snowplows cleared the streets early, and residents took care of what was left. Children threw snowballs and made snowmen. NY1 even caught one man going for an early-morning run.
For some, it was a busy day at work. Jerry DeRosa works for a private snowplow company and said that after Hurricane Sandy, he's prepared for anything.
"It seems like we don't have four seasons anymore," he said. "And we don't get periodic storms. We just get them all at once."
Workers at the Midland Avenue neighborhood relief tent stayed through the night serving hot food and drink to the residents who needed it. They said it was cold, but they didn't complain. After all, it's just a little snow.
"It's OK," said relief worker Aiman Youssef. "We survived the big one, the first hurricane. So this one, we're going to survive it too."
Residents said that they'll continue to make the best of whatever comes their way, as they already have been.