Misquamicut Beach Devastated by Hurricane Sandy [Photos/Video]

One of the most popular beach destinations in New England was forever changed by the ferocious storm surge of Hurricane Sandy.

For many residents of Connecticut and Rhode Island, summer just isn't summer without a trip to Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI.

Especially for many residents of southeastern Connecticut, trips to Misquamicut were a fixture of childhood, and its mere mention evokes memories of sandy feet squished together in the back of mom's station wagon, windows down, cool air warming sunburned skin while listening to pop songs on the radio.

Sure, there was the beach, but there was also so much else to do. The waterslide. Paddy's. The Andrea Hotel. Music at the Windjammer. Carnival Rides. Ice cream at Dusty's. Miniature golf. Sandy's Lighthouse. Fishing from Weekapaug Breachway. Rental houses up and down the side streets teeming with tourists having a great time.

Today, after the historic storm surge of Hurricane Sandy, Misquamicut Beach is a very different place, closer to a lunar landscape than a popular tourist attraction. Paddy's and the Windjammer are destroyed, as is the Andrea. Westerly Town Beach was washed away. Sandy's Lighthouse is heavily damaged. So are many of the rental houses.

Flooding is pervasive still, four days after the storm, and sand is piled 10 feet high. Crews are hard at work excavating what passes for Atlantic Avenue.

A number of media outlets have documented the devastation, which really needs no further commentary. Here are the videos and photo galleries that best document the destruction.

Do you have memories of Misquamicut Beach? How does it make you feel to see the devastation?

Gary Benson November 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Thanks for this film and story. Seems no other news source is aware that Misquamicut and other parts of the Rhode Island shore line took the hit as well.
Maureen Remenik November 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I know. CT & RI aren't even being mentioned in the national news.
Jim G. November 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
When does RI *ever* make national news? Like Kansas, it could be nuked to oblivion and no one would ever hear about it. By comparison, Connecticut is a J.Lo/Brangelina state. At least we get mentioned as a punchline from time to time.
Elle Smith Fagan November 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
What a sight! I watched the video and then Googled Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI., to see what it looked like before the monster storm.....gasp! Quite a change! I put my name in the hat with AIC -CERT = they are restorers of damaged art and artifacts on sites like these and others. Between my RedCross work and lifelong arts , it is a thing I can do. And pray. We can all do that. In such situations, recovery is money and hard work and the million little miracles...I offer my art to help too see ellefagan.com homepage


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