Seasonal residents worry about Sandy fallout

ENGLEWOOD — As the Northeast endured the impact from Hurricane Sandy, a number of seasonal residents expressed concern about their homes.

Steve Peluso, a Rotonda resident who also has a family home in Putnam, Conn., said, ‘They fired the generator up. They may be without power for about a week or more.’

Peluso’s home is checked on by a service. He also entrusted a friend to check more thoroughly. Peluso and others experienced similar concerns with Hurricane Irene last year. His home lost power for a week.

‘It’s almost like a cyclical thing now, it seems like we’re going through,’ Peluso said.

Peluso is no stranger to natural disasters, having experienced the Great Flood of 1955 in Connecticut as a teenager. There were 87 confirmed dead when back-to-back hurricanes bombarded the state, resulting in $200 million in damages.

Peluso spends summers in Putnam and stays in Rotonda beginning in October.

He worries about rain.

‘The flood control system they put there in the 1960s, I would say, should make them more protected from excessive rain,’ Peluso said. ‘The problem in our area, though, is rural. In that part of the state, we’re more susceptible to water damage than wind damage. I really feel badly for the people who have to go through that having gone through it a number of times.’

Susan Kizis, coordinator of the backpack program at Englewood United Methodist Church, has property in Woodstock, N.Y., where she vacations two months during the summer.

‘I’m from the Catskill Mountains,’ Kizis said. ‘We had a lot of damage from Hurricane Irene. There’s a lot of streams. As it gets more rain, all the work that has to be done on these streams, it could be all damaged again.’

Kizis has sons in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One works in Manhattan.

The son in Pennsylvania has been ‘bringing in food and making sure that he has ample power for electricity from a generator in case they lose power,’ Kizis said.’I don’t know what (her son in New Jersey) is going to be doing or if he’s going to just stay home, because I don’t think he’ll be able to get into the city.’

Kizis said there are homes that still haven’t recovered from Irene that will likely suffer more from Sandy.

‘It was so bad during Irene that they condemned a few homes in this one little town of Mount Tremper that just about washed away,’ Kizis said. ‘Prattsville had beautiful Victorian homes; a lot of those were completely gone.’

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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