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Hurricane holdouts: We made the right choice

Sandbagging: Hundreds of pounds of sand protects this Manhattan Beach home from the coming surge.

Dozens of residents living in Brooklyn’s evacuation zones braved the storm — and at least two stalwart survivors say they have no regrets.

Community activist Ida Sanoff, a resident of the Brighton Towers, declared on Sunday that she and her neighbors were stocking up on supplies and would meet Sandy’s wrath head on.

“We prepared, and thank God we got through it,” said Sanoff, a 35-year resident of the neighborhood.

Sanoff lost power, heat, and water when Sandy blew through Brighton Beach — and flood waters destroyed her car — but the supplies and batteries she hoarded in advance held out.

Huge swaths of Brighton Beach and Coney Island were flooded and left covered with muck and debris, but Sanoff said she wouldn’t have been any safer anywhere else.

Still, Sanoff and other Brighton Beachers are now forced to forage for supplies in other neighborhoods as area stores remain closed.

“We’re living in the Stone Age here,” said Sanoff.

Community Board 15 chairwoman Teresa Scavo stayed in Manhattan Beach as the storm slammed the borough.

“I would never leave my house,” said Scavo, whose major complaint was losing cellphone service. “I felt like I lost a limb. Now I know I can survive without an arm, but it isn’t easy.”

— with Colin Mixon

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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