Weak Nor'easter Still Brings Worries To City's Low-Lying Areas
While the city escaped the worst of the latest Nor'easter, just the possibility of a storm had residents in Queens and on Staten Island still recovering from Sandy worried about what might be headed their way. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
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All eyes were on the big waves in Rockaway Beach Thursday as Mother Nature threatened the peninsula with flooding, less than five months after Hurricane Sandy, This time, the threat was empty but many were full of fear.
"Yesterday was windy in the morning we thought oh my God don't tell me something is going to happen," said Jose Ticona, a Rockaway Beach resident.
Because of Sandy, many Rockaway residents get nervous about storms. Ticona said he didn't get his heat back until January. He is just now finishing his basement after Sandy flooded it with more than a foot of water.
"We are more aware then we were before yes," Ticona said.
In this latest storm, water from the ocean didn't go past where the boardwalk stood before Sandy destroyed it.
"We lucked out, we really lucked out. No question about it," said Eric Metcalf, a Rockaway Beach resident.
However, the water did take away more sand from an already eroded beach. Shore front residents like Metcalf worry there is not enough of a barrier protecting their home from the ocean.
"I think everyone was anxious for the potential of a second flooding event here," Metcalf noted.
On Staten Island's east shore the storm brought strong winds but no rain or snow or any flooding. It was enough to remind Staten Islanders to take every storm seriously.
"When they hear Northeaster they get scared because you know they have to face it again. God forbid we have to face it all over again," said one New Dorp Beach resident.
"I get an eerie feeling inside again because of what happened. It just scares you, you know, What we went through here we don't wanna go through again," said another New Dorp Beach resident.
Back in Rockaway Beach even with the threat of flooding, recovery work continued. Crews were repairing sidewalks and getting the beach ready for summer. It's work that will help the neighborhood move on from Sandy but it will not make people here forget.
"Every single day I remember everything because I lost everything," said Maritza Garcia, a Rockaway Beach resident.
The city Parks Department has said most of the beach will be open in time for summer. But with spring less than two weeks away time is ticking away with still lots of work ahead.