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Cleaning up, one block at a time
Jeremy Armstrong cuts up the timbers while a friend shovels debris in front of his home in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.
October 30th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Cleaning up, one block at a time

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) – At the height of Superstorm Sandy, the neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn was indistinguishable from the waters of New York Harbor.

Jeremy Armstrong returned to his home there Tuesday to survey the damage, and get to work. His house is two short blocks from the waterfront.

[1:18] “It was just madness. I mean just everything… I mean the timbers that you see here that I’ve been cutting floated all the way down from the Erie Canal Basin. These are part of the old bulkheads. They’re all tarred timbers. These timbers are probably, I don’t know, 150 years old...”

As he cut timbers with a chainsaw, neighbor Megan Davidson washed away a mixture of sea water and sludge from a garage.

[1:52] “All of us cousins and brothers and sisters are here to clean up today. The garage was barricaded by trash basically, you know… beer bottles, construction material, huge pieces of fencing that had fallen down…”

Armstrong is hoping that Sandy was a once in a lifetime storm.

[2:35] I had lots of conversations with people who’ve lived in the neighborhood for 30 and 40 years who said the water has never come up to a certain point that really represented any danger. Those were conversations that we had right before hurricane Irene. So it certainly seem like, based upon past history and even the storm last year, that nothing like this would be possible.”

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete story about the cleanup effort in the player above.

CNN Radio News Day: October 30, 2012
A large section of the "uptown" boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
October 30th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 30, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Superstorm Sandy, as it's being called, roared across the Northeastern U.S. Monday leaving at least 29 people dead.  More than seven million people are without power.  And while the worst is over, the damage from Sandy is still being assessed.  The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, calls the level of devastation along the Jersey shore "unthinkable":

“We looked at Lavallette, Ortley Beach, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.  All of them are nearly completely underwater," Governor Christie said.  "Houses are moved off of their foundations. There are houses in the middle of Route 35."  FULL POST

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