Dec. 3, 2012 By Billy Parry
Despite Hurricane Sandy taking place more than a month ago, City Vet, located at 45-44 Vernon Blvd., is still in recovery mode.
The clinic was one of the hardest hit businesses in Long Island City. Nearly five feet of water poured into its basement—and there were 70 bags of dog food that were ripped open that went everywhere. Simply, it was one, big messy soup—and there is still plenty of work ahead.
“I think we’re still a good two weeks away from being 100%,” Jules Adams, the owner and chief veterinarian, said.
While replacing the walls and cleaning up the office has been fairly straightforward, replacing damaged equipment has proved to be more of a challenge. She said that she has been fortunate—a veterinarian in Connecticut has offered to donate his X-ray machine, after hearing her story.
However, Adams said that she has had to pay for most of the restoration costs—since she didn’t have flood insurance.
Adams was quick to get the practice open following the hurricane, despite its troubles.
She said that she and her staff were forced to operate without heat or electricity for 19 days. She said they went to work most days wearing miner’s lamps on their foreheads.
“Those lamps and other flashlights were our only source of light,” Adams said. “Neighbors stopped in everyday donating fresh batteries.”