The evacuation went smoothly. The ferry ride was a bit more lumpy than usual but uneventful. The soggy refugees were met at the ferry terminal by reporters and photographers from the print and broadcast media. While there was considerable rain and wind, Maple Avenue was not flooded and everyone got away safely.
By the time that it hit Saltaire that night, Hurricaine Floyd had been downgraded to a 'mere' tropical storm. The eye passed over Eastern Long Island. On Friday morning, ferry service resumed and the evacuees returned.
Although there was a stiff northwesterly wind blowing that sent sheets of water onto the dock, the weather was beautiful. As we walked up Broadway past the evacuation notice in the box in front of Village Hall, it became clear that Floyd had not done much damage. The water table was up and there was considerable standing water but the field was in good shape. There was no obvious damage to any home. Very few trees (mostly dead pine trees) were down. Of course, we went to the beach to see how it had fared. The answer was that it had not only survived the storm but had actually gained considerable sand! The beach may have been a bit shorter than it had been but it was higher. In spite of Floyd -- or maybe thanks to it -- the Village appears to be in good shape to weather the winter.
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