VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — Six days after Sandy blasted the south shore of Long Island, Robert Brown's street smells like low tide.
He lives three doors down from a creek that feeds into Jamaica Bay on the eastern edge of John F. Kennedy International Airport. During last Monday's storm, he saw the creek water rise out of the storm drain and inch its way up the block like a killer blob of slime in a horror movie. In an hour, it was at his doorstep.
His 30-year-old daughter Melissa's bedroom in the basement was submerged.
"How am I going to pay for this?" said Brown, pacing in his kitchen. He's taken in his 90-year-old mother whose Port Washington home is still without power.
But even as Brown gets more and more agitated trying to get through to insurance agents on the phone, he tries to keep things in perspective. His power is on and his family is safe.