The day after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, Denise and Bill Witchey of Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville found much of the shop's merchandise intact but the power out. They returned a week later to the smell of $2,500 in spoiled bait wafting from the still-powerless freezers. Worse, their Lindenhurst house was flooded and is uninhabitable.
Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges
Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges caused by superstorm Sandy still sit on cinder blocks near the marina off South Ketcham Avenue in Amityville. (Nov. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed since superstorm Sandy hit Long Island. (Nov. 24, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed for nearly a month since they returned after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island to find $2,500 worth of bait spoiled due to a power outage that lasted two weeks. (Nov. 24, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

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Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges
Boats lifted off their trailers by water surges caused by superstorm Sandy still sit on cinder blocks near the marina off South Ketcham Avenue in Amityville. Garbage piles take up the side of the road. (Nov. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Merchandise in Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait
Merchandise in Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville were found intact after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island on Oct. 29. (Nov. 24, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Before Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, can get
Before Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, can get back on the water to fish, he has to clear out and repair the first floor of his cottage and fix his 22-foot boat. (Nov. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, would go crabbing
Thomas Natale, 70, of Massapequa, would go crabbing at least three times a week, but after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island his 22-foot boat "Blue Rose" now sits on cinder blocks in his driveway. (Nov. 29, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle
Denise and Bill Witchey's Combs Bait and Tackle in Amityville has been closed for nearly a month since they returned after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island to find $2,500 worth of bait spoiled due to a power outage that lasted two weeks. (Nov. 24, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

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