Long Beach cleanup commemorates anniversary of Superstorm Sandy
On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, residents are remembering the natural disaster with a cleanup in Long Beach.
The Kiwanis Club of Long Beach is leading the event at New York Avenue beach.
Volunteers took to the area to clean up garbage and maintain the shoreline. Among those volunteers is Rob Ryan, a resident whose home and car were destroyed during the storm.
Since then, he has rebuilt his home and received some financial help from FEMA.
He says he felt he had to do his part to help on the anniversary of the storm.
"I lived here 25 years. My house was destroyed in Sandy. It’s the best place in the world so you want to help out. I could never live anywhere else, Long Beach is awesome,” said Ryan.
Jodi Rauch says her home and car in Lido Beach were destroyed by the storm and a fire. She later sold her house and moved to Long Beach.
“I think that there are some people who are feeling the financial effect of it if they didn't have good flood insurance,” she said.
A decade ago, Kerry Lampkin says he lived on the top floor of an apartment building on the boardwalk.
“By the time the water started to get super high, we realized this is no joke,” he said.
Now, Lampkin believes that even if a storm stronger than Sandy were to hit the area, residents will be ready.