Lindenhurst residents recount devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy 10 years later
The village of Lindenhurst was one of the hardest hit areas when Superstorm Sandy came through Long Island.
Flood waters rose to as high as 8 feet including inside Carmen Amador's bayfront home.
"Words cannot describe how devastating that was," Amador says.
Her and her neighbors came back to see people's water-logged possessions tossed out front and homes that were gone.
"Everybody had piles of furniture in front of the house and the village was picking it up with pay loaders and dumpsters," says Steve Frisch.
Both Amador and Frisch raised their homes and rebuilt, but 10 years later there are still homes being raised by the village.
Lindenhurst has always had street flooding problems, but in the years after Superstorm Sandy, officials say they have installed check valves on storm drains, added special sump pumps and built up roadways. Most of the those improvements haven taken years to implement.
Mayor Michael Lavorata says storm water flooding mitigation efforts have come slowly, but they are happening.
He says the village lost 41 homes in the storm and those properties were sold as open space to neighbors with the intent to storm harden the shoreline.
"We have tried to work it out that those properties become useful again," Lavorata says.
Amador and his neighbors expects to see another big storm hit Long Island, but says hopefully the improvements will make the effects less severe.
"We do pray that we never have to go through something like that again," Amador says.