Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. New York City – Today is day 15 after Hurricane Sandy. Sandy was one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. 43 people died in NYC. Thousands of trees fell. Birds, squirrels, raccoons and other animals lost their homes. Thousands of homes were destroyed or badly damaged, thousands were left without power. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in New York state alone, Sandy inflicted about a $30 billion “economic loss.”
The situation in public housing projects in Coney Island, Brooklyn remains a “humanitarian crisis” in which the government and the Red Cross have been nearly completely absent, according to Eric Moed, a volunteer aid worker with Occupy Sandy.
Eric told The Huffington Post, Whatever response there has been from the government — city, state, or federal — or the Red Cross, Moed says their presence in and around the Coney Island projects is non-existent, inadequate, or counterproductive. FEMA has set up a solitary aid trailer on what Moed calls the “sexy area” of Coney Island — near the famous amusement park and Nathan’s — which was not hit very hard. It awaits people seeking help, when those who most need it are stranded in high-rise buildings a few blocks away.
Moed reserves perhaps his greatest scorn for NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) the city government body in charge of the projects where Moed does his rounds. Moed says NYCHA has been focused exclusively on restoring power and after ten days, they have failed even to complete that task. “People have claimed that they are still being asked to pay rent, despite the lack of power and water,” Moed Says.
The New York Times reports that, “Two weeks. Monday was the 14th day since Hurricane Sandy upended lives on the Eastern Seaboard, the longest two weeks of many people’s lives. Plastic bottles. Warming buses. Charging stations. These are just a few of the signposts in a changed world. Help is coming, the people are told, but some have lost the desire to trust.
Power companies in New York and New Jersey worked on Monday to free these remaining communities from the stubborn blackout. There was progress, with housing projects in Coney Island and the Rockaways flickering to life on Saturday and Sunday. There was light, if not heat. Families that had warmed their apartments with stovetop burners could now use the electric oven, with its door wide open. A woman used the burner for its intended purpose on Monday morning, handing her granddaughter a pancake on a paper plate.”
11/12/2012 – CNN – Disabled mom copes with Sandy aftermath.
11/13/2012 – Residents of Coney Island.
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