This image by Patrick J. Hendrickson, an aerial photographer, shows the Assateague beach on Wednesday morning. The road to the right of the image is the
access road to the popular beach. Parking lots and the traffic circle are gone, and the beach itself looks narrower. The inlet at the bottom of the image
was created by Hurricane Sandy.
It is hard to imagine what the force of a hurricane can do.
The Eastern coast has taken quite a beating this last week. New Jersey and New York were hit very hard- because they are so highly populated.
But here, on the eastern coast of Virginia, where there aren’t as many people the hit was significant. Topography of the beach has been changed.
The ponies found higher ground and what can be seen of the herds seem to be in good shape.
The access road out to the beach was undermined and torn up.
There is much damage- but these are just pictures of what the storm did.
The people of Chincoteague Island, and the police and firemen and the coast guard are all still there- watching over the town, the ponies and helping
others in this time of devastation.
I’m going down there soon, to clean up the mess around my niece’s home.
The electricity is back- and there isn’t any discernable damage to her home – but I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the human spirit and the
determination to go forward- even from disaster.
photographs courtesy of Joanne Snyder Schoeberl Photography.