Lakeshore Residents In Orleans County Spared the Worst
While Monroe County's shoreline was blasted by Sandy, neighbors in Orleans County felt far less impact from the storm.
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"We got lucky. We did," said Suzanne Murray, of Kendall.
Trees, branches, and power lines. More of the same in Orleans County – but less of it, than elsewhere.
"Extent of the damage, you know, wasn't too bad as we thought it was," said Scott Szarzynski, foreman for National Grid.
"There were isolated incidents up and down the lake, but nothing like they said."
Suzanne Murray has lived on the Kendall shore for 30 years. Sandy came as hard as any storm she's seen.
"The break-wall that's here," she said, "that piece went down last night."
And it could have been worse.
"Fortunately, in the fall, we had someone come out and trim these huge limbs off of this tree here, and this tree here because they were hanging over, leaning over our vehicles. Thank God we did that because otherwise they could've come down and crushed both of our vehicles."
The worst of the damage was a young pine tree that belongs to the neighbors. It fell across the yard and nearly fell on the power lines on Suzanne's home, but a metal fence stopped it in its tracks before any real damage could be done. Suzanne says, if this was worst that she saw out of Sandy, she's lucky.
"Thank God we're not in New Jersey or New York City... any of those places. Virginia, Delaware," she said. "We're alive. We're alive and that's all that matters. This is all meaningless stuff as far as I'm concerned."
And even a tropical storm won't convince her to move.
"It's absolutely gorgeous out here. It's quiet, it's a beautiful town, a beautiful community, and this is just a little quiet neighborhood... it's where I want to be."