MASTIC - Some Long Islanders who have loved ones in upstate New York say the devastation that the Island sustained from Tropical Storm Irene pales in comparison to what happened in Schoharie County.
Christie Ryan, of Mastic, has family in Schoharie County and grew up visiting what she calls a once beautiful town. Her aunt's home was flooded, but Ryan says others were even less fortunate.
"I was upset with losing power," she says. "I mean, I could only imagine how these people feel losing their home."
Ryan has begun collecting clothing and non-perishable food for the people of Schoharie County.
Edward Ryder, of Greenlawn, was on Long Island during the storm while his wife and 14-year-old daughter were in Summitville. Ryder sent his family on a weekend getaway because he thought it would be safer upstate, but during the storm, a tree came slamming down onto their camper, narrowly missing them.
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