BABYLON, N.Y. -- "There was a fish in my kitchen," said Elizabeth Scoyen, standing on the deck of her apartment in the Babylon marina, two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. "That is when I knew this was going to be bad," she said, as she arranged water-logged chair cushions, soaked clothes and lamps in the open air.
Like many residents on the south shore of Long Island, Scoyen, 57, a retired high school teacher, came outside Wednesday as the rains let up, and tried to dry out her belongings and take stock of what just happened.
Scoyen weathered Hurricane Irene in 2011, so decided not to follow the mandatory evacuation order for her area when Hurricane Sandy approached. On Monday night, she looked out the window of her wood shingled home, and saw boats floating by and waves lapping at her deck.
Before she knew it, water in her apartment was knee-deep, but the electricity was still on and the newscasters on Channel 12 were telling her how hard Long Island was being hit by Hurricane Sandy.