Superstorm Sandy: more than 120 people trapped on the remote island of New York

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More than 120 people detained on remote island in New York after refusing to evacuate during Superstorm Sandy

  • Rescue services have rescued 14 people in air evacuation and are trying to figure out how to save other stranded households
  • 12 houses were washed away and 80 percent of the remaining houses on the island were destroyed by storm
  • The coastal service said the devastation was the worst since a 1938 hurricane
  • Dunes are flattened, beaches have been swept away and the coastline may have been permanently violated
  • There are high-voltage lines and the water is one and a half meters deep, and high tide is expected again this afternoon
  • People use canoes & # 39; s to move around

At least 120 people remain trapped on an island off the coast of New York without electricity and polluted water after ignoring the mandatory evacuation order before Superstorm Sandy struck.

Twelve houses on the ocean were swept away and officials said there was damage to 80 percent of the remaining homes on Fire Island, off the south coast of Long Island.

There are no reports of injuries to the narrow barrier island, but the small population faces the worst devastation since Hurricane Long Island Express killed the Northeast in 1938.

Because rescue workers cannot land because the marinas of the island have been destroyed, the challenging inhabitants of the popular summer resort happily count that they have survived the storm that has killed 50 people so far.

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Destruction: a house is ripped from the basics after Superstorm Sandy has washed the Atlantique community on Fire Island

Destruction: a house is ripped from the basics after Superstorm Sandy has washed the Atlantique community on Fire Island

Wreck: the damage done to a house on the 1.6 kilometer long island, where 120 inhabitants refused to evacuate Wreck: the damage done to a house on the 1.6 kilometer long island, where 120 inhabitants refused to evacuate

Wreck: the damage done to a house on the 1.6 kilometer long island, where 120 inhabitants refused to evacuate

Shell shocked: households on the small island are struggling to repair the damage and 14 have been rescued by helicopter Shell shocked: households on the small island are struggling to repair the damage and 14 have been rescued by helicopter

Shell shocked: households on the small island are struggling to repair the damage and 14 have been rescued by helicopter

& # 39; We still have residents on Fire Island & # 39 ;, said Anthony Senft, a local city councilor. & # 39; We know that we have lost some houses. All city docks are under water at this point. & # 39;

The coast guard flew over the island to assess the damage and fire brigades were planning to drop off the stranded residents.

A spokesperson for the National Parks Service in the United States said rangers are still trying to assess the damage, but are afraid of radical changes in the island's geography after sand dunes were leveled and beaches were swept away.

The Facebook page of Fire Island News reported today: & The damage is great. High voltage lines are switched off. Houses are flooded. Standing water is a few meters deep with every walk. One more high is expected this afternoon.

Violent storm: men pass a flooded walkway on Fire Island, assess damage from fallen trees, overturned cars & lowered power lines Violent storm: men pass a flooded walkway on Fire Island, assess damage from fallen trees, overturned cars & lowered power lines

Violent storm: men pass a flooded walkway on Fire Island, assess damage from fallen trees, overturned cars & lowered power lines

Abandoned: residents use canoes to escape their homes and move around the flooded island Abandoned: residents use canoes to escape their homes and move around the flooded island

Abandoned: residents use canoes to escape their homes and move around the flooded island

& # 39; No one will really know what the actual damage is until the water deteriorates sufficiently to move. Some people are currently using canoes & # 39; s. & # 39;

One of the residents who ignored the evacuation order and stayed with their property said she did not regret the decision to stay.

& # 39; The wind was wild & # 39 ;, said Karen Boss. & # 39; My house rocked, we went up towards the ocean – the waves were extremely high.

& # 39; When the tide came into the bay, water gushed over the boardwalk. & # 39;

By yesterday morning, emergency workers had helped 14 people off the island, south of Long Island, said Vanessa Baird-Streeter, communications director for Suffolk County.

Permanent damage: the coastline has been broken, dunes have been flattened, beaches have been eradicated and the coast has been damaged Permanent damage: the coastline has been broken, dunes have been flattened, beaches have been eradicated and the coast has been damaged

Permanent damage: the coastline has been broken, dunes have been flattened, beaches have been eradicated and the coast has been damaged

The super storm has destroyed the east coast and four direct & # 39; washovers & # 39; crashed on Fire Island.

The waves of the Atlantic covered the Great South Bay and covered the island, which was less than a mile wide and had a population of only 310 in the 2000 census.

Suffolk County, the fire and emergency services commissioner, Joe Williams, said it seemed that most of the beaches and dunes had disappeared.

Southampton City Councilor, Chris Nuzzi, said there was two to six feet of sand along a main road because the dunes had been pushed back and flattened and others were littered with rubble.

A large part of the coastline is seriously eroded according to data loss Newsday, but could return in the spring as part of a natural cycle.

Television film investigates the havoc on the coast of Fire Island Television film investigates the havoc on the coast of Fire Island

Television film investigates the havoc on the coast of Fire Island

& # 39; This is probably the worst on my list regarding the extent of the damage & # 39 ;, said Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, who is 63 and has lived in the city all day. & # 39; It's overwhelming. It is absolutely devastating.

& # 39; For the very first time, we have had municipal staff to conduct search and rescue missions to take people to a higher level. & # 39;

In the village of Mastic Beach on the south coast of Brookhaven, the air stank of oil, a result of tanks that flooded Narrow Bay as a flood. In Long Beach, sewerage systems were overwhelmed and officials overtook portable toilets for residents of the city.

Kings Point saw a flood of more than 14 feet, the third highest of all time.

Flood damage on Fire Island: Helicopter teams are planning to rescue captured residents Flood damage on Fire Island: Helicopter teams are planning to rescue captured residents

Flood damage on Fire Island: Helicopter teams are planning to rescue captured residents

Although the authorities still have to assess the damage caused by the cover, at least one was so deep that it permanently violated the island, creating an opening between the ocean and the bay.

The American spokesman for the Corps Corps of Engineers, Chris Gardner, said that local officials can appeal to his team if they are unable to correct one of the violations.

The Suffolk County Fire and Rescue team and the Air National Guard flew over the island with helicopters to assess the damage.

The helicopter teams will also determine the best method to eventually remove the people from the island.

AIR FLUSH: Flooding on Fire Island where 120 people were trapped

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