OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WWLP) - The Connecticut Shore is a popular getaway for many people here in western Massachusetts.
On Chalker Beach in Connecticut in Old Saybrook is a community that usually enjoys being right on the coastline, but on Monday of this week, when Hurricane Sandy blew through, being near the coast was not a good thing.
In the coastal community of Old Saybrook, having a home on the beach meant dealing with widespread damage.
"A concrete deck, it fell apart, but it stayed in place, it didn't float around as much, it just cracked and fractured and stayed where it was. Whereas you'll notice if you walk down the shoreline other decks are missing, the house right here is 15 feet off of where it should be," said Jim Vitali who owns a cottage on Chalker Beach.
After dealing with Tropical Storm Irene last year, the residents of coastal Connecticut are visibly displeased with tropical weather and are still dealing with damage.
On one cottage by the water, the back porch would normally overlook the Long Island sound, but now the back of it has been ripped off and you can actually see the stairs inside.
Faith Dennis has a summer home here and the steps to get inside washed away from the house.
"I wanted to get inside to see if the water had gotten in and if the carpets were wet or anything, but I don't dare to try to get in and those are really the only stairs I could use to get into the cottage," said Dennis.
Now, construction crews line the streets, removing sand, draining water, and beginning repairs.
While work has already started to get this community back to where it was before Sandy it's going to take a while before that happens.