Wednesday marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's touchdown in the metropolitan area, and the governor has called for a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives during the storm.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the 61 people who died.
Edith Wright, a 52-year-old Montauk woman who was swept into the ocean while walking her dog on the beach, was among them. She had reportedly gone out after the worst part of the storm seemed to pass on Oct. 29, 2012.
The National Weather Service’s marine weather service reported 16 to 24-foot waves in Block Island Sound around the time Ms. Wright went missing. Her body was found on Georgica Beach in East Hampton, over 16 miles away, the next morning. Her death was the only one reported on the South Fork.
"Two years ago, New York State was hit by one of the worst natural disasters in a generation,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “All across the state, homes and businesses were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, and 61 people lost their lives. As we mark the second anniversary of this horrific storm, let us pause to remember those who were lost, as well as the countless others who were impacted by Sandy.”
Superstorm Sandy destroyed or damaged 300,000 housing units and left more than two million people without power, including 90 percent of power customers on Long Island.
Ms. Wright, who was known as Deet, was working as a teacher’s aide at the Montauk School. Her husband, Norvell, died several years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Kiah, then 23, and Laini, then 18.
Velanie Pfund, a friend of hers, said she keeps in touch with the sisters. “Her girls are doing the best they can, but really miss their parents, and continue to heal daily.” She added, “There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of Deet.”
In her memory, the Montauk School placed a photo of Ms. Wright with her daughters at the school, along with a plaque. The school had damage to several classrooms and its roof in the storm. Jack Perna, its superintendent and principal, said Tuesday night that “whenever we talk about Sandy and the damage to the school, I always stop and say, ‘Wait, we lost a person. Everything else has been replaced.’”