photos by Kurt Christensen
…”The scene is pretty bad. Lots of homes with terrible flooding and damage. As I walked down Wellwood I watched as people walked with just a few garbage bags full of possessions. National Guard helicopters flew overhead. There was some looting in the area last night, and the National Guard is here to prevent that from happening tonight…
BrooklynVegan photographer Kurt Christensen lives with his wife and kid in Lindenhurst, NY, one of the many areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Currently displaced due to the storm, Kurt has been documenting the experience in text and pictures on his Flickr. We’re all thinking about him, and some of those pictures are in this post. Check them out below…
“This is Barry Parkhill. He lives 2 blocks from the bay in Lindenhurst. I visited him to check up on him, after some friends we have online lost touch with him.The first thing I noticed when I walked up to the house was the stench. The whole block has a noticeable odor, but when you get to the door, that is when it hits you hard. Yet he stays there. It is his home after all. He has heard the stories of looting, and wants to protect what little was not destroyed by the flood waters.
His home was filled with 4 feet of water when it rolled in, destroying everything he owns. From the outside it doesn’t look bad. The inside is a complete loss.
During the night the National Guard came so quickly down his street that it created a wake that threw his boat off of its blocks into his garage. The engine on his truck is dead. He’s got his dog, and he is still alive, and we can all be grateful for that.”
And Kurt reminds us:
If you are not in the immediate area, but would like to help, please consider donating to the Red Cross. To donate $10, Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate to Disaster Relief efforts. Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).