6 years after Sandy, Long Beach remembers storm’s havoc

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Monday marks the six-year anniversary since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across Nassau and Suffolk, and memories of the destruction are still strikingly clear for Long Beach residents.

Long Beach city officials gathered on the boardwalk Sunday to mark the storm's anniversary and call attention to the fact that the recovery effort isn't complete.

"While Long Beach has come a tremendous way in making progress, we're still not fully recovered and for some there may never be a full recovery," says Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel.

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a $230 million renovation to widen the beach, and homes all over Long Beach have been raised to prevent flooding. Even with those improvements, the specter of future storms still haunts residents.

Betty-Ann Karpf, of Long Beach, says the first level of her home was inundated with water during Sandy. Karpf says she had 6 feet of water and was trapped in her garage. She was able to escape out a window.

In the aftermath of the storm, Long Beach residents made strides in the rebuilding effort.

"We pushed forward, we stood together as a family, as one community believing that one day we would return,” says Long Beach City Councilwoman Anissa Moore.

The storm caused tens of millions of dollars’ worth of damage in Long Beach.

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