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Damage Report: Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach – Huge Flooding, Landmarks Wiped Out


Where do we even begin to tell the story of the massive destruction that swept through our neighborhood last night?

We chose Manhattan Beach because it was the hardest hit within our coverage area, with eight foot tall waves crashing through the neighborhood. Several community landmarks are heavily damaged, not least of which is the esplanade.

Sure, the esplanade has taken damage in previous storms. But though dangerous and unusable, it was still there.

No longer.

On the other side of the community, the Ocean Avenue footbridge is heavily damaged. About a third of the railing is gone, and the wooden planks are splintered in some areas.

In between, homes are flooded. Water was bubbling up from the manhole covers when we visited around noon. A portion of one home’s facade collapsed.

Honestly, we can’t even begin to go in-depth on this. We’re hoping to get more info up about Sheepshead Bay and other neighborhoods. We quickly put together this video, and a set of unedited photos from Brighton Beach to Manhattan Beach which only just begin to express the extant of the damage.

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  1. Thank you for posting these photos and the video. I believe the caption above the video should probably read “Hurricane Sandy” instead of “Hurricane Irene”.

  2. Thanks, that was a very helpful video! I am currently out of state and only learning about what’s going on with the neighborhood from the videos and pics posted here. I would love to see this kind of video for other areas like emmons ave and sheepshead bay rd. Thanks for the great reporting!

  3. Knock wood we weren’t hit as hard as Jersey from what I can see on line. Am thinking of the firefighters & cops in Breezy Point & the Rockaways, too. Thanks for posting this.

  4. Ugh! Just awful to see. I used to live in Manhattan Beach (Amherst St, beach block) and Sheepshead Bay (23rd and Voorhris). What a friggin’ mess. Not getting anything on damage where I live now in Florida. I keep looking good to find something. Sorry to see it. Brooklyn will rise again.


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