Hudson River surges higher with Sandy than Irene
Newburgh saw a lot of wind and a lot of water during Sandy. As YNN's Megan Cruz shows us, the damage is most evident at the city's waterfront, where the Hudson River surged at a higher level than last year during Irene.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- It's 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and Steve Kaufman's already out surveying Sandy's damage. He manages the properties along the Newburgh waterfront.
"Wanted to see what the damage was before I told the bad news to everyone else," said Joe Banura, waterfront property owner.
The good news, though, was that the bad news wasn't that bad. Joe Banura's family is one of two families that owns the waterfront properties. When he saw what Sandy did, he had Irene to thank.
Banura said, "This time, we weren't taking any chances, so we picked up everything off the floor that we didn't want to lose."
Banura's focusing his post-Sandy efforts on Billy Joe's. It's one of only two of their buildings that actually flooded inside.
"It got higher than we thought it would," Banura said.
Sandy's storm surge swelled the Hudson all the way to Front Street here. That's significantly more than with Irene.
Crews have already begun to clean up. Banura hopes all the businesses will be back open Wednesday. He says while Sandy sacked much of the East Coast, they lucked out here.
"Here, not too much property damage and everyone is healthy," Banura said.