BREEZY POINT, Queens (PIX11)—Residents of the quaint beachfront town of Breezy Point have begun to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy ravaged their community with flames and floods.
An estimated 100 homes in the quiet section of the Rockaways were downsized to mere ashes, leaving countless families homeless and torn.
"To describe it as looking like pictures we've seen from the end of World War II is not overstating it," Bloomberg said at a press conference Tuesday. "The area was completely leveled."
The chest-high flooded waters made it nearly impossible for responding firefighters to initially contain the blaze when they arrived to the scene at about 11 p.m. Monday. Fierce winds from Sandy allowed the fire to rage for several hours, causing it to spread and feed on several more homes.
Nearly 200 firefighters responded to the scene and over 12 hours later were still on the ground extinguishing stubborn pockets.