Edgewater, OH – From death and destruction to lives forever changed. Hurricane Sandy may have hit the Northeast the hardest, but many residents here at home were also greatly affected by this devastating storm.
Still, one year later along the shores of Lake Erie, things are still not back to normal.
"Tears, frustration, anger, everything. It was just an emotional rollercoaster and just devastating," said Edgewater Marina office manager Anne McCarthy, who was reflecting back to the day she first witnessed the aftermath.
McCarthy said the marina suffered $15 million dollars in damages. Out of the 55 boats that were docked, 30 of them sank. The remaining were heavily damaged, and the entire dock wiped out.
With no boaters docked, the business has barely been able to stay afloat. McCarthy said, "We couldn't do it again. If it happened again this year, we couldn't survive. We were pretty much out of business."
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The marina said a $10 million dollar re-construction project will soon be underway. A new, state-of-the-art dock is expected to be open to boaters by May 1, 2014.