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Wingate Hit Hard by Hurricane Sandy

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A building in Wingate had part of its roof ripped off by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: WBOC) A building in Wingate had part of its roof ripped off by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: WBOC)

WINGATE, Md.- Hurricane Sandy is long gone, but its effects are still being felt at the southern end of Dorchester County.

Cars are left abandoned, homes and businesses are flooded and destroyed and yards are littered with downed trees.

"This was one of the biggest tides I've seen," said Reg Powley of Wingate.

"It wasn't like Isabelle but it was pretty extreme," said Brian Jones.

Dorchester County Emergency Management officials say that Wingate was one of the hardest-hit places in Dorchester County. Jones said the winds were devastating.

"It had to be more than 70 mph, which is what they said it was in gusts because it was a lot of whip into it and right around when it gets dark was the worst of it," he said. "A few trees were put down and trees that have been there for 50 years got ripped up."

While others are forced to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy's high winds, Jones was fortunate. A tree fell in his yard and hit a trailer. That tree is now resting on the trailer. Had the trailer not been there, the tree would have crumbled his home.

The roof from a crab house in Wingate was blown off late Monday night. Powley said a lot of people he knows will have to rebuild.

"We had minimal damage, it didn't get into our house but there is people like that and it's a shame that they have to replace and repair [their homes]," Powley he said.

The aftermath reminds everyone of Sandy's wrath, but the Wingate community is ready to put it all behind them.

"I don't want to see anymore storms like this for a while," Powley said. "It's just stressful and everybody worries about it. You just don't know what's going to happen."

"We all do feel very fortunate," Jones said. "It could have been a lot worse, but it was still just a shade under Isabelle." 

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