Several LIers spend Christmas Eve cleaning up wreckage left behind by storm
Many Long Islanders in Nassau's South Shore towns spent Christmas Eve cleaning up the mess the big storm has left behind.
Residents in East Rockaway and Freeport – among those towns hit hardest – are already moving forward.
"There are just times where we get a full moon high tide, you might not get water in the house,” said Joe Kemmet, East Rockaway. “But you're going to have to walk in water to get out of the house and with the cold weather now it's probably an ice-skating rink."
The storm, coupled with the freezing temperatures, has made the roads, sidewalks and driveways and icy mess making things even more challenging to clean up.
"I am sure we'll be working on Christmas Day we're just taking it one house at a time trying to help each family one house at a time,” said Total Restoration Project Manager Michael Rizzo.
"Yesterday we really opened around 12-1, so we lost a really good chunk of business in the morning, which happens but people are coming out today even in this bitter cold,” added Captain Ben's Fish Market co-owner Mike Bracco.
Bracco says the flooding wasn't too bad at the market in Freeport, but tables and chairs at Bracco's Clam and Oyster Bar are all underwater.