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December 8, 2012

Local's home directly in Sandy's path

WASHINGTON — Superstorm Sandy hit much too close to home for Richard Indahl of Washington.

Although Indahl and his wife, the former Martha Jane McKown, have made their home in Washington for the past 33 years, Indahl owns a house in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., which was directly in the superstorm’s path. The Indahls’ daughter, Sarah (Indahl) Jordan, a 2008 Washington High School graduate and 2012 Indiana University graduate, lives in the house with her husband, Brian, and Indahl’s uncle, Tony Annelli.

“In July, my uncle Tony turned 90 and deeded the property to me,” Indahl said, adding the property had been deeded to Annelli in 1987 and he called it “Rain or Shine.” “It’s on the waterfront, on a marina.”

He explained Sheepshead Bay is located in Brooklyn, between Coney Island and the Rockaways. His two-story house there is situated on a small plot of land next to three restaurants and a movie theater complex with a three-story parking garage, he said.

“It’s right across the way from Breezy Point where all those houses burned up,” Indahl said. “A hundred and eleven houses burned down as a result of the storm.

“Fifty-thousand homes got hit in that area from New Jersey all the way up to Connecticut.”

“Rain or Shine” was one of them. Indahl said he was talking with Sarah Oct. 29 when, at 9 p.m., high tide water began rising rapidly. Annelli had told Sarah and Brian that water had come up to the porch before, so at first they weren’t too concerned. But Superstorm Sandy drove the water much higher and the three had to rush from the house without emergency supplies.

“I was on the phone with Sarah, and I told her to get in the car and get to the second level of the parking garage,” Indahl said. “They followed my instructions. They barely made it, it was coming so fast. They saved the car.

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