Coast Guard House Sustains Major Damage


— Captions by VITAC — Mike: BRINGING YOU IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF SANDY’S COMPAC IMPAN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. Susan: FOLLOWING A DEVASTATING STORM THAT HAS LEFT SEVERAL COASTAL COMMUNITIES ALMOST DEVASTATED. Mike: TAKE A LOOK AT THE HISTORIC COAST GUARD HOUSE FOLLOWING THE WORST BEATING IT HAS TAKEN FROM MOTHER NATURE IN YEARS. Susan: WE GO TO SOUTH KINGS TOWN WHERE A NUMBER OF COTTAGES ARE DESTROYED AND OTHERS LEFT FLOODED BY THE POWERFUL STORM SURGE. Mike: THE STORM TOOK A HEAVY TOLL BATTERTERING THE COST LINED LEAVING NOTHING BUT SAND. Susan: CAUSING POWER OUTAGE FOR THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESS AS SOON AS WE HAVE TONY PETRARCA AND T.J. DELL SANTO STANDING BY. Susan: AND FIRST WE GO LIVE. Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE LIVE AT THE COAST GUARD HOUSE. WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE WINDOWS HAVE BEEN WASHED OUT BY THE WAVES. THERE IS A LOT OF INTERIOR DAMAGE, AND THE OWNERS TELL ME THAT A PORTION OF THE FOUNDATION IS CRACKED. STILL, THEY PLAN TO REOPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WAVES WASHED ON TO THE STREET SWEEPING AWAY THE SEA WALL. SANDY MAY HAVE LEFT THE AREA, BUT SHE LEFT HER MARK HERE, MOST PROMINENTLY ON THE HISTORIC COAST GUARD HOUSE. WE HAVE A MESS TO CLEAN UP. LIKE FRANK SAID, NO ONE WAS INJURED. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. Reporter: THROUGHOUT THE RESTAURANT, BROKEN TABLES AND CHAIRS, BROKEN WINDOWS, BUSTED BLAGLASS AND FLOODED FLOORS. THE GOVERNOR TOOK A LOOK AT THE DAMAGE WEDNESDAY THURSDAY. YOU CAN SEE THE RESTAURANT THAT STICKS OUT IN THE SURF. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO POPULAR. WHEN YOU GET A STORM, YOU’LL HAVE CONSEQUENCES. Reporter: BY MIDDAY HUNDREDS OF ONLOOKERS STOPPED BY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED, BUT TH THE CLEANP HAD ALREADY BEGUN. EMPLOYEES CAME HERE VOLUNTARILY TUESDAY, AND SINCE EARLY IN THE MORNING THEY’VE BEEN CLEARING AWAY GLASS, BROKEN FURNITURE AND STARTING THE REBUILDING PROCESS. THE REAL SHAME OF IT IS, WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD STAFF AND WE WOULD LIKE TO GET THE PLACE OPEN AS FAST AS POSSIBLE FOR THEM. WE’LL GET IT DONE. IT WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER. Reporter: BACK LIVE HERE IN FRONT OF THE COAST GUARD HOUSE WHERE EMPLOYEES ARE NOW AN HOUR TEN OF THE CLEAN UP. HOW EXACTLY DOES THIS DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE SANDY COMPARE TO THE OTHER HURRICANES, AND WHEN WILL THE COAST GUARD HOUSE OPEN. WHILE THE OWNERS TOLD ME THEY HAVE SET A DEADLINE ALREADY, AND WE’LL HAVE THAT NEW AT 6:00.

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