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Friday, November 30, 2012

Stockpiling Hurricane Losses On Long Island

BikemanforU reported an unusual sight recently on the way with his family to a high school football game at Stonybrook University on Long Island, about 30 miles east of Manhattan.

Driving west on the Long Island Expressway, he noticed a remarkable number of small, independent wrecker trucks headed in the opposite direction, away from the city.

These flatbed tow trucks were overflowing with cars. Some even had two on the flatbed with another vehicle towed behind.

Knowing fully well that we were on the fringes of the severely damaged area of Hurricane Sandy a month earlier, family members began calling out, "There is another one." "Look at all of them."

We turned off shortly afterward for the university's Sea Wolf Stadium, only to watch our own Westhampton Beach Hurricanes lose 37-7 against the Sayville High School Golden Flashes. The irony of our mascot's name was not lost upon us.

Though unusual for BMFU to be traveling the expressway two days in a row, the very next day he drove with me to a late day appointment even closer to Manhattan. I began to see the same scenario of small wreckers, each with several cars in tow, heading east in the same direction as the day before.

We began to hypothesize that insurance companies were preparing for some sort of mass salvage effort. According to news reports, storm-damaged vehicles are being stockpiled by the thousands.

Local and national news coverage continues on relief and clean-up around Manhattan, Staten Island, and the western tip of Long Island. As I sat down to check my email the next morning, that storm-ravaged region seemed to be at a cold, dark, standstill. Until one email, dated 11pm the night before, caught my attention.

-- Mr. Pump

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