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Sandy Leaves a Trail of Downed Trees and Power Lines in Northeast Queens

Community leaders say the storm wreaked havoc in Bayside and Douglaston.

Northeast Queens leaders said Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction through their communities, knocking down trees and power lines, damaging cars and flooding streets.

No fatalities were reported in Bayside, Douglaston or Little Neck, but a Flushing man was killed after a tree crashed into his home.

According to Con Edison, a total 64,000 Queens residents lost power during Sandy’s visit. An estimated 331 homes in Bayside were left in the dark.

“It’s pretty bad around the district,” said Seth Urbinder, a spokesman for state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside. “Trees are down everywhere as well as power lines and poles.”

He said the senator and his staff was sending out three or four teams to tour the district and assess the damage.

Councilman Dan Halloran’s, R-Whitestone, office remained open all night during the storm.

“A lot of the main roads, such as Francis Lewis Boulevard, have gigantic trees that fell down and have blocked traffic in both directions,” said Kevin Ryan, a spokesman for Halloran. “I think it’s going to take a while to clean it up.”

Jerry Iannece, chairman of Community Board 11, said the board’s office in Little Neck had lost power. He said the damage in the community was not as bad as he had expected.

“There’s not a lot of devastation here,” he said. There are lots of limbs down and some instances of power being out. It’s mostly wind damage.”

Douglas Montgomery, a realtor from Douglaston, said parts of his community were pummeled.

“By midnight, Memorial Field was completely covered in water and the dock at Douglas Manor was completely submerged,” he said. “There are a ton of trees and wires down. Whatever didn’t get taken out last year by Hurricane Irene got taken out last night.”

He said a number of cars in the community were damaged by branches and flying debris.

Patch wants to hear from its readers. Describe the post-Sandy scene in your neighborhood in the comment section below.

Diana November 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Does anyone know if Little Neck Nursing home got any damage? I have an aunt staying there and I cannot get through. I hope everyone is safe and my prayers are with you all.

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