LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Many devastated Long Islanders are still trying to pick up the pieces left behind by superstorm Sandy.
In Lindenhurst, at least six homes were ripped apart by the storm. Appliances, furniture and other personal effects litter the streets and neighbors’ yards.READ MORE: FBI Executes Search Warrant At Home Of Gabby Petito's Fiancé Brian Laundrie
WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports
But one woman experienced an amazing bit of luck and a glimmer of hope amid all the destruction, when she was able to locate her diamond engagement ring blocks from her home.
The woman found her bedroom furniture, which was ripped from her home, down the street.READ MORE: Yonkers Police: 2 Men Dead After One Jumps Off Building And Hits The Other 12 Stories Below
“I knew the jewelry chest that it was located in. I opened it and I retrieved it and everything else I left there,” she told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “I didn’t start crying I just felt like God was looking out for me.”
The woman’s Suffolk County home was one of the six badly damaged in the storm.
“Totally destroyed, totally destroyed. Everything from the bay came. My bedroom ended up at the end of the block,” she told Hall.
The woman said finding her engagement ring was one piece of good news in what had been a very trying year.MORE NEWS: New York City Public Schools To Increase COVID Testing, Relax Quarantine Rules
“I had gone through this last year with Hurricane Irene and I was one step away from recovery and now to have to go through this again, you just have to try to pick yourself up and start all over again,” she told Hall.