The NY Times has a cool interactive map called A Survey of the Flooding in N.Y.C. After the Hurricane. The most major flooding that happened in Queens was in the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay/Broad Channel, but the map shows us all the other areas that flooded significantly – LaGuardia and JFK airports; down into Flushing Meadows Corona Park; all along Little Neck Bay and then into Alley Pond Park; the areas bordering Newtown Creek; and Hunters Point in LIC. In general, areas along the shoreline flooded, some more than others.
Last night the community of Belle Harbor was featured on 60 Minutes. This was the Rockaway neighborhood situated in the middle of the peninsula, that suffered not only from flooding but from fire during Hurricane Sandy. The folks interviewed in the video talked about various harrowing experiences during the storm – the explosion of a gas line which led to a kind of rain made of fire (embers); one person rescuing six people from a burning house, taking them across raging waters that appeared tsunami-like; and a family “making a break for it” as the floodwaters rose and threatened their lives in their home.
The Chicago Tribune reports on yet a third fire in the Rockaways as a result of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy – this one in Belle Harbor, a small community on the Rockaway peninsula that gained national attention in November 2001 when American Airlines flight 587 crashed here, killing all aboard and five people on the ground. This community has seen deep grief, and this recent fire was no different. (more…)