NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Candles and flashlights lit up the shore as survivors of Superstorm Sandy paid their respects to what was lost when the storm roared ashore one year ago.
To mark Tuesday’s anniversary, residents of coastal neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey that suffered some of the worst flooding honored that terrible day in ways both public and private.
On Staten Island, residents lit candles by the stretch of waterfront closest to their homes at 7:45 p.m. in a “Light the Shore” vigil.
In Brooklyn, residents held an interfaith service and candlelight vigil in Canarsie Park. In Far Rockaway, Queens, residents gathered for a healing Mass Tuesday evening at St. Mary Star of the Sea.
Along the Jersey shore, people shined flashlights in a symbolic triumph over the darkness that Sandy brought.
It’s a time of healing for many who suffered in Sandy’s wake. But the day also brings back frightening memories for people who survived the waves and wind that lashed their homes.
“People are terrified of the ocean, even though we’ve lived here all our lives,” said Lily Corcoran, who lives in Belle Harbor. “We’re all terrified of the water and what it can do.”
Sandy made landfall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2012, sending floodwaters pouring across Long Island and the Jersey shore.
In New York City, the storm surge hit nearly 14 feet, swamping the city’s subway and commuter tunnels. A transformer explosion plunged lower Manhattan into the dark during the height of the storm.
During the storm, NYU’s Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital were both inundated with water. The most vulnerable patients, including babies from the NICU, were evacuated during the height of the storm.