From One Barrier Island To Another
Islanders are well aware that when barrier islands do their job –protecting the mainland --- they often suffer more damage in weather events than the mainland. So Fort Myers Beach residents can sympathize with Long Beach, New York residents who took the brunt of Hurricane Sandy and were one of the hardest hit areas of New York. Long Beach is a town of 33,000 that sits on Long Beach Barrier Island along the southern coast of Long Island. When Sandy hit, it washed the Atlantic Ocean over a 10-foot dune that protected some areas of town and battered the entire town with flooding and winds. While no one was killed in Long Beach, sand covered the roads, feet deep in some spots, homes were damaged or destroyed. Roads were washed away, homes lost to fire, cars lost to salt water flooding. Their 2-mile boardwalk is completely gone. No water, No sewer for days.