Just watching NY1 coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and in the words of the onsite reporter, Dean Meminger, Rockaway Beach looks "like a bomb dropped." Part of the boardwalk was ripped up and floated down Beach 94th St smashing into parked cars en route.
Annoyingly you have to be a Time Warner Cable customer to watch the video link below, at least you do in the US, but below the link is a screen grab of some of the damage shown in the report. You can see how the boardwalk was pushed inland hitting the black car on the right.
A later report I caught on TV, which is not yet online showed, that some of the playgrounds that were in front of the boardwalk are now crumpled heaps of metal and looting is a serious concern. 80 homes in Breezy Point, further along the beach from Rockaway, were also destroyed by fire.
|Map shows location of Breezy Point and Rockaway Beach relative to the city|
A Facebook page Rockaway Emergency Plan has been set up to keep people in the loop on how things are over there. Once the first responders have done their thing I shall see if I can contribute to the rebuilding of the area in any way I can beyond making a contribution to the Red Cross.