Indahl said it was six days before he could even reach Brooklyn because of storm damage and continued inclement weather. He finally arrived on Nov. 8 and was able to stay in the Bronx, where he was born, and where his brothers Fortunato and Anthony still live near Yankee Stadium.
While his brothers had no damage in the Bronx, there was plenty between there and Brooklyn, which made his daily commute last two to three hours. Under ideal circumstances, he said, it would take about an hour and a half. But circumstances were anything but ideal there in Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath.
Indahl said more people were using the subway because many streets were impassable. But not all trains were running because the subway tunnels were flooded, so the transportation system was bogged down.
“When I got there the destruction was unbelievable,” he said, describing the streets and underlying infrastructure that were torn up by the storm. “There were long gas lines. Sarah used a gas generator and had to stand in line for hours. There was a police car at every gas station.”
Brian owns a sailboat, so the newlyweds lived on it for 18 days, until power was restored to the area. Because Annelli had trouble getting on and off the boat, Indahl said, Brian found a utility van he could stay in near the boat.
Once power and heat were restored, they were able to move back into the upper story of “Rain or Shine.” Although cleanup and reconstruction has been under way in Brooklyn, and things are beginning to get back to normal, Indahl said it’ll take a lot of work and money for things to get back to normal for Sarah and Brian.
The insurance company doesn’t want to cover the damage, he explained, because he didn’t have flood insurance. A Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector made a complete damage assessment and said he’d do his best to help them recover, according to Indahl. However, since the house is in his name, but is not his primary residence, there’s not much FEMA can do because the owner must live there to receive assistance. Indahl said an attorney is looking into the matter for them to determine their options.