Representatives from LifePoint Church in Reisterstown encountered non-functioning stop lights, sand-covered front yards and buildings ripped from their foundations.
Eight days after Superstorm Sandy roared ashore, New Jersey and New York coastal towns are still recovering.
The cleanup is only just beginning, but those same storm-ravaged areas are threatened by a nor'easter expected to track up the coast today, tonight and Thursday.
The coastal storm, not expected to be as strong as Sandy, could deliver 1 to 2 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph along the Jersey Shore and Long Island, two of the areas hardest hit by Sandy, AccuWeather meteorologist Jeff Rafach said.
"That's adding insult to injury," he said.
The nor'easter is expected to track 200 miles off the Maryland coastline. Central Maryland should be on the western fringes of the precipitation, according to the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington forecast office.
The National Weather Service is calling for the first snow of the season for central Maryland. The precipitation is expected to start as rain today before switching over to snow tonight. Minimal accumulations are expected. Temperatures are expected to remain at or just above freezing tonight.
The coastal storm is expected to strengthen as it passes north of the mid-Atlantic, producing blustery and rainy conditions in New York and New Jersey, where piles of discarded, rain-damaged belongings are common and power outages are still an issue.
Last week, LifePoint Church in Reisterstown, in conjunction with Blossom & Basket Boutique in Mount Airy, collected generators, blankets, batteries and more for those affected by Sandy in the greater New York area.
The donations were delivered Monday and Tuesday to some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy, including New York's Staten Island, Rockaway Beach in Queens and Long Island.
Joe Paschal, LifePoint's pastor of mobilization and outreach, was among those who made the trip. Damage is widespread, he said.
In Long Island, power outages remain an issue. The LifePoint convoy encountered several nonfunctional stop lights on their way to deliver supplies.
In Rockaway Beach, crews are removing sand from front yards on properties near the ocean. The storm surge pushed the sand inland, depositing it away from the shore, and making those areas more vulnerable to coastal flooding as the nor'easter tracks up the coast.
In Staten Island, buildings were pushed off their foundations, unable to withstanding a rapid storm surge that inundated the locale east of New York City.
"It was obvious that the closer you were to the water, the worse your damage was," Paschal said.
The LifePoint crew is no longer encouraging donations of goods because the needs are constantly changing in the area as power is being slowly restored.
Instead, the best way to help is by donating funds to organizations assisting in the recovery. They can then allocate the money to what is needed, Paschal said.
Prior to traveling to New York, LifePoint sent a crew to Eastern Shore town of Crisfield, which was battered by Sandy. Many homes there received flooding damage.
The town located along the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Somerset County already has it tough, Paschal said. The poverty rate in Somerset County is 18 percent, according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census.
Paschal said he is concerned the town will be forgotten due to the significant issues near New York City.
Even so, the damage in the greater New York area is extensive. Paschal has posted photos of the damage on the LifePoint Outreach Facebook page.
"There's just debris everywhere and people are gutting their houses of everything that got flooded," he said. "All the stuff that's ruined is coming out in piles along with debris left when the water receded. Now, another storm is coming and all this stuff is going to be rained on and leak into drainage systems."