Some of Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in The Cambridge, Md, Area

Many of us in Cambridge, Maryland breathed a sigh of relief the day after Hurricane Sandy’s visit, especially after hearing about the widespread devastation it left in New Jersey and elsewhere. Nonetheless, I would like to share some pictures for you taken after Sandy traveled further west then north.

Cambridge, Maryland is situated on the Delmarva Peninsula. The county has two main bodies of water that form a portion of its borders. To the west and south there is the Chesapeake Bay. To the north there is the Choptank River. The following pictures are from the Choptank River portion in and just west of Cambridge.

Image by author, Copyright 2012*, Peter P. Macinta

First let us go to the County Library in Cambridge. There was a storm in August 2012 that flooded a portion of the library’s meeting room.  As a precaution, library officials placed sandbags at the lower doors of the building Sunday afternoon, more than twenty-four hours before the hurricane would hit full force. When I arrived to take this picture, I saw no signs that water had reached the area. However, if it had, it would have trouble getting through those doors. In my opinion, they did a good job of blocking those doors.

From the library, we go up Spring Street and make a right onto High Street, heading to the Long Wharf area situated at the confluence of Cambridge Creek and the Choptank River. As I approached, I noticed the street to the left was blocked off, and for a good reason.

Image by author, Copyright 2012*, Peter P. Macinta

This flooding happens at other times too. All that is needed is continual rain, or heavy rain, and, at times, a little help from high tide. This street runs somewhat parallel to the Choptank River. Guess its name.




If you guessed Water Street, you have chosen wisely. After this, I went back up High Street, and made a couple of turns so I could head further west without baptizing my car. I was going to turn down some narrow streets to head back toward the river, but common sense kicked in and so I drove to a more broad street, Belvedere Avenue and made a right turn. That was a good choice because Hambrooks Boulevard, which continues from Water Street, was clear. However, this is what I saw at the dead end of Belvedere.

Image by author, Copyright 2012*, Peter P. Macinta

In the background is the Choptank River. As you can see, it decided to pay a visit to the dead end of Belvedere. Ah, if I were a little boy again I would be splish-splashing in that overflow. If I would try that now, someone would want to drop a net over me.

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18 Responses to “Some of Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in The Cambridge, Md, Area”
  1. Sustainable Living Says...

    On October 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm


    Our prayers are with you, your community and country at this time.

    Thank God for protecting you.

    Sustainable Living

  2. nourisv Says...

    On October 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    devastating! prayers for you people!

  3. Eunike Says...

    On October 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

    It’s time to pray. I am glad you are allright.

  4. New Person Says...

    On October 31, 2012 at 1:37 am

    pray for all over there

  5. Edyta N. Tehrani Says...

    On October 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Thank God it wasn’t as bad where you live. Here in Niagara we just got a lot of rain, though one person in Toronto was killed by flying Staples sign. I agree pray we must for those who did not fare very well :(

  6. Sustainable Living Says...

    On October 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm


    I hope the flooding has gone down a lot today. Do keep us updated on how things are going.

    Sustainable Living

  7. Uma Shankari Says...

    On November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Interesting account. Good pictures that speak a flood of words.

  8. Edyta N. Tehrani Says...

    On November 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    And I am so glad to see this article on “hot content.” It is a well written and very interesting article that deserves it.

  9. Sustainable Living Says...

    On November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Like Edyta, am pleased to see your work in Hot Content. Congratulations!

    Looking forward to a follow up post.

  10. marqjonz Says...

    On November 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks very much for taking us on a tour.

  11. LIVING BY GRACE Says...

    On November 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Interesting article and beautiful pictures amidst the destruction. I am so relieved that no one from your county was hurt or killed as there have been in other places along the East Coast. GOD has most certainly spared you and your town the worse of the destruction.

    I will be praying for you Brother Pete and for all of the others that Sandy has effected.

    So glad to see that you gave Christ Jesus the praise, honor and glory for keeping you safe.

    Your brother in Christ Jesus,

    Living By Grace

  12. Maritza Sanchez Says...

    On November 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hi Pete, my sister back in the Dominican Republic found your article, while looking for info on Cambridge, concerned for me. I live on Somerset Avenue, between Bay and Hambrooks. We were flooded with Isabel, and I lost my son to Irene. We were spared with Sandy! How and Why? I don’t know! I am so sorry for all the devastation it caused, all the people’s sufferings, all the losses…..

    I enjoyed your article very much and the thoughtfulness in your reporting.

    I met you once when you took my picture walking with my sister and my Two Maltesses, Cosmo and Picolino

  13. Joanne009 Says...

    On November 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hope it gets better out there

  14. shelpeare Says...

    On November 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Glad to know that you are safe. Congrats on the Hot Content position of this article. God bless.

  15. cutezn2m Says...

    On November 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

    pray for be better :D

  16. Pete Macinta Says...

    On December 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Greetings Maritza Sanchez. Thanks for reading the article! Yes, I remember. I am no longer a newspaper reporter.

    I also thank everyone else who has read this article and left comments. Will try to visit your stuff soon.

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    On January 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    There’s a great place where you can buy a Bell in Niagara Square. You really should check it out! They sound great!

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