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Assessing the damage

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Hurricane Sandy slammed into Long Beach, New York.  We're here on West Broadway this is one of the hardest hit areas here.  You know some people didn't take the storm seriously they actually rode it out scary moments for those folks. When it was all over many lost everything.

Jamie Smith,  from Long Beach, lost her car and her home.  She rode the storm out narrowly escaping the rising water.  "The water just started pouring through the walls, we had to climb through my bedroom window."

Crews are clearing the sand from the streets along the water.  Cars were tossed around by the rising flood of water.

James Walker, a tow truck driver, pulled 15 cars out of the sand with his tow truck.  "Sand, cars, depressed people, long beach will never be the same.

People lined up at the closest supermarket looking for some fresh water and food and with the power out everyone was looking to charge their phones.

Eilliut Alicea from Long Beach said, "I'm just charging up and when I need to and when I need to make calls or test people I just turn it on and then I turn it back off.

Jaime Smith is glad she's safe but having a hard time dealing what she has lost.  "We feel like this is a nightmare and we're just trying to wake up."

The cleanup effort is going to continue here for weeks.  People here say there's a real sense of community neighbors are helping neighbors. Also folks from around the country are helping out
like the red cross and other organizations. helping those in need especially the people who lost everything. 

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