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    Posted November 5, 2012 by
    Staten Island, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    VinnySea and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    Ebbitts Street Staten Island NY through the eyes of a 16 year old!

    Here is the link on youtube since the video is too large to upload. Had to put some of the pictures in for this to work. The video is much better! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPD6Wm1qveI

    This video was completed by my daughter Kayla the morning after Sandy stormed through our neighborhood! She wanted to walk down Ebbitts Street and take her camera to see what destruction had occurred. What we saw just blew us away! We live about 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean and the surge had come within 100 feet of our home! We were extremely lucky! Really not much damage at all and no flooding. Behind our home as you move closer towards the ocean the devastation was immense! This video only shows Ebbitts Street. The extreme damage that had been much worse that morning were in areas like Midland Beach, parts of New Dorp Beach by Cedar Grove Ave and others. These are low lying areas where the water was not able to recede. I believe Staten Island probably lost the most lives because many years ago these locations were summer homes for people who came to Staten Island for a vacation. The homes were not built with the strength of most homes since those people did not live there all year. Their main possessions were probably in their other homes. I believe something needs to be done to keep this from happening again because it will, especially if a high tide is accompanied by a major storm. Maybe a levee to keep the water from destroying these homes all over again. We were lucky but many people were not!
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