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    Posted November 15, 2012 by
    Staten Island, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    buphitau and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast

    Staten Island After Sandy


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Deciding to visit Staten Island to offer help to the people affected by Sandy, buphitau captured these photos from the Arrochar neighborhood on November 2 and November 3. "It was evident very quickly that the damage in Staten Island was like nothing I'd ever seen. Practically every house, for blocks and blocks, had a pile of possessions, memories, and so many treasured items stacked as high as the house itself," he says. "It was sad to see, but at the same time, I was so encouraged by the way people were joining together to get through such a tough situation. Neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers, churches becoming community centers... amazing. The folks there are looking out for each other and it was awesome to experience that."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    November 5, 2012


    Hurricane Sandy ripped through Staten Island, New York in the same manner a prizefighter handles business in the ring – throwing punch after punch, looking to knock down what’s in front of him, and doing so with no remorse.


    Staten Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy but as I found out the past two days, the people who live there are not letting the destruction or the hardship break their spirit.


    I visited the Arrochar neighborhood of Staten Island. It’s located near the water, on the northeast side of the borough. The sounds of generators could be heard everywhere as people tried to pump water from their houses and salvage what they could. Piles of belongings and memories stood outside countless numbers of houses. The smell of the sea was very strong, even after much of the water that had temporarily turned streets into rivers had receded. Darkness came quickly in the evening as power was still out in many places.


    The residents there described scenes of horror the night Sandy roared ashore.


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