Galina Mogurova

Surviving Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island's West End

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Interviewee:
Galina Mogurova
Interview Date:
July 30, 2015

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This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below.

Galina Mogurova lives between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk in Coney Island's West End. She and her neighbors had been warned to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which struck on October 29, 2012. "Those that could not, who had nowhere to go, stayed. I stayed as well," says Mogurova,  She recounts the rise of the water, an attempt to rescue a kitten, losing electricity and phone service, and cars floating down the street. In the aftermath, there were wrecked cars blocking doors to buildings, the ruins of homes in Sea Gate, and sand everywhere, Mogurova is grateful to the volunteers from churches who "came from everywhere, even from upstate, where there was no Sandy" to bring water and food.