Islanders gathered in days after to assess damage at Lucy Vincent Beach, where roaring waves ripped apart clay cliffs, carved deep fissures and left beach strewn with debris. Ivy Ashe

Though spared the worst of Sandy's wrath, the so-called "superstorm" that arrived one year ago Tuesday brought surging tides and waves that flooded streets, reformed the landscape of Lucy Vincent Beach, ripped apart asphalt and undermined the stability of roads. The storm, which made landfall in New Jersey, killed more than 200 people, and devastated coastal areas in New Jersey and New York. 

Today, Island towns are still seeking funds to rebuild and repair the damage caused by Sandy on Martha's Vineyard. 

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Scott, Edgartown
The unfortunate lasting effect of this storm, as well as others in the recent past, will be significant changes to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program. This "insurance", which in no way is managed or priced like insurance, combined with new flood zone mapping of dubious accuracy will end up costing many homeowners tens of thousands of dollars EACH in annual premiums. Everyone's premiums are on the rise. Towns on the Cape have held numerous public meetings with FEMA reps and legislators to understand the changes and lobby for a more sane approach. Oddly, I've heard and seen nothing from the Vineyard community on this issue. Time to get active, people.
October 29, 2013 - 4:46pm

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