Sandy sweeps through streets of Misquamicut

By Abbey Niezgoda

The roads outside of Misquamicut Beach in Westerly looked more like a drive in movie. Cars were filled with homeowners still waiting to see Sandy's damage.

“We've been down here the last two days,” Sheri Perry said. “I just keep coming back to see if I can get down.”

The National Guard was keeping them back until it was deemed safe. ABC 6 got a tour via police escort.   

At first it was just downed trees as we traveled down Winnapaug Road, but as we got closer and closer to the coast, Sandy's story begins to unfold.  

“The water was actually up that street we just came down,” Sgt. Steve Johnson said. “It was that far up.”

Each street was another victim of the storm, including a flooded out Sea Shell Motel. Fences were strewn with personal belongings. One home on Benson Avenue came completely off its foundation and floated away. The Andrea Hotel, which stood through the hurricane of 1938, was completely gutted.  

The storm washed up mounds of sand, blocking the roads, and uncovering something unusual – old cars.

“They were buried a long time ago to make this barrier here. All of the rocks were on top of it.”

Workers are trying to inspect each property to make sure they are safe before they let homeowners back to a very different Misquamicut.

“We'll have to turn around and go home again,” Barbara Hoffer, a homeowner said. “Problem is, we don't know when we can come back again.”