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Nobody wants to see another natural disaster hit, but if one does, Broad Channel will be better prepared for it.

Leaders and elected officials gathered last Thursday for the completion of a $5.5 million resiliency project that will increase preparedness at crucial community centers on the low-lying Jamaica Bay island.

Speaking at an open house meeting regarding the restoration of the West Pond, Broad Channel residents and nature enthusiasts last Thursday overwhelmingly agreed that the loop at the pond needed to be secured and the body of water should be brought back to its freshwater status.

“We’d like to see a complete circle on that pond,” one person said. “I think that’s the most important thing.”

John and Jayme Galimi just want to go home.

The couple and their five kids have not lived in their Broad Channel house since Hurricane Sandy devastated it on Oct. 29, 2012. Nearly two years later, there may be a light at the end of the long tunnel the storm left them in.