It has been one year since Hurricane Sandy struck the region. The second-costliest hurricane in United States history was a category 3 storm, affecting 24 states and killing at least 286 people.
While Levittown wasn’t hit as hard as other local communities such as Long Beach, the effects of the storm were still felt in town, even to this day.
Here’s a look at some of the stories in Levittown that came from the storm:
Hurricane Sandy Strikes Levittown, Sandy Leaves Levittown in the Dark and Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath - A look at some of the carnage from the storm. Between fallen trees, downed wires and major flooding, there was plenty of wreckage.
At one point, Levittown had the most LIPA customers without power, the highest total on Long Island.
East Village Green Deli Delivered Hot Meals in Wake of Sandy - Resident Rich DeSantis used his own setbacks as a way to give back to his community. The deli delivered a bunch of free meals to customers and also gave out food and items in the store that would have went bad.
Feast for Sandy Utility Workers Held at Harp & Hammer - Some 2,000 out-of-state utility workers still weren't home for Thanksgiving, nearly a month after the storm hit. Harp & Hammer of Levittown gave them the next best thing – a big Thanksgiving meal and a taste of home.
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Levittown Feeds Sandy Victims - Miller's Ale House helped ensure that fresh meals were served in Levittown following the storm. The restaurant was able to feed at least 200 people at the Red Cross shelter at Levittown Memorial alone.
Levittown Mom Saves Halloween With ‘Trick-or-Trunking’ - Halloween was saved for many kids last year, thanks to the efforts of a Levittown mom.
Crossfit Revenge of Levittown Holds Fundraiser for Stricken Residents - Gym members, friends, and family members attended this special event, which helped to raise money for those impacted by Sandy with exercise, raffles, and pledges.
Displaced Family’s Missing
Dog Found After 41 Days - A Massapequa family, displaced from Hurricane Sandy after their home flooded, lost their 9-year-old beagle mix while they were staying with relatives in Levittown on Dec. 18. Amazingly, they found they dog after 41 days.
Fire Chief Thanks Department for Efforts - "Starting several days before Hurricane Sandy hit and then continuing for several weeks after, the members of the Department manned the Gardiners Avenue Headquarters, Station Two at Hickory Lane and Station Three on Wantagh Avenue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." First responders were alerted to over 100 emergency calls during and after the storm.
Levittown Culinary Students Serve Meals for Sandy Victims - Students at a local school prepared ready-made meals for residents housed at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
Levittowner’s Show True Colors During Sandy - There were a number of great stories that came from Sandy - selfless acts from your neighbors and even strangers that deserve to be recognized. Here, Patch recognizes and highlights these good deeds.
Long Gas Lines Hit Levittown - Long gas lines were a common sight in the region, with Levittown no exception.
Gas Station Charged With Price Gouging - Ultra Fuel in Levittown was charged with price gouging during the storm. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said that Ultra charged $4.52 following the storm - an increase of 28 percent. Settlements were also reached with gas stations in North Bellmore, Rockville Centre, Seaford and Farmingdale, among others.
Sandy Utility Worker
Assaulted by Levittown Man - A Levittown man was arrested in connection with an assault that left an out-of-state utility worker hospitalized. Police later said that the assault occurred as a result of a verbal argument at the restaurant and not because of the victim's employment as a utility worker.
LIPA's Response to the Storm Heavily Criticized - Mangano, Cuomo both criticized LIPA's response:"LIPA's response to Hurricane Sandy has been shameful," Mangano said on his Facebook page. " I, in partnership with Congressmen King and Israel, have contacted Federal officials for assistance in restoring power."
Levittown Selected for County Disaster Recovery and Relief - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced recently that an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) fully-equipped Disaster Response and Relief Trailer has been placed in Levittown.
Levittown Memorial Shelters Residents in Wake of Sandy - Residents from all areas of Nassau County sought aid at the Levittown school. More than 180 residents fled seeking heat, power and food.
Levittown Library Provides Comfort For Residents - The Levittown Library opened its doors to serve residents in need during and after the storm.