Westerly is a small town of 23,000 or so during the winter, but in the summer, the town swells to over 50,000. Tourism is the main industry. Growing up, all of my friends worked as life guards, beach parking lot attendants, food shack cooks and servers, and at little boutiques. Almost all of that was destroyed.
I do have to say one thing about my little town, it sure is resilient. The washed away dunes are rebuilt, the beach shops and restaurants are almost complete, and the town is advertising for a Spring Festival [this weekend] and Memorial Day Weekend [the unofficial start of the season].
Here are a few photos from my recent trips back home. If you want a real look at Westerly immediately after the storm, watch the video at the bottom from the day after Sandy.
my favorite mini golf course, across the street from the beach
yes, those are people next to the sand brought in to rebuild the dunes
sifting through tons of garbage
and creating tons of walls along the beach for future protection
- Those images for the first minute and a half with the bulldozer and man running? That was a road.
- See where the water is at 3 minutes? There used to be dunes there, and the water is usually back another 500 or so feet.
- That's a house in the middle of the road after the 4 minute mark.
- At 4:12, look at how low the stop sign appears to be to the ground - that's how much sand is on the road.
Here are some photos from my hometown newspaper over the course of the storm.
Linking up with Heather and Ashley for Home Town Hop today.