Three Weeks After Sandy Hardest Hit Areas Still Recovering

This morning I once again toured some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and while there is much activity going on, there is still so much to do.  Many neighborhoods like Belle Harbor in Queens and Manhattan Beach, Coney Island and Seagate in Brooklyn have had power restored but still have no heat.  And In some cases, power is still not back on because the fuse boxes, located in the basement were underwater during Sandy and must be replaced. There are emergency crews everywhere, attempting to clean up sand, sludge and debris from the streets.  There are sanitation trucks, FEMA personnel, the Red Cross and power companies from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida, on scene.  Trees that are still down on the ground are being cut up and removed.  Traffic lights have not yet been restored so every corner has at least one traffic cop directing traffic.  As I walked around, there were people on line waiting to get food at one of the many locations set up to help the hardest hit residents.  Many have returned to their homes which is comforting but they need help.  Mold is already a major problem and basements must be gutted and dried out before rebuilding can begin.  One other inconvenience is the dust in the air.  Emergency personnel and residents are being urged to wear masks as the lack of precipitation has caused the once matted down dirt, sand and dust to be blown around.  The mainstream press is all but gone, which is why I will continue to give updates on the progress in these communities.  Their plight must not be forgotten until their lives return to normal.

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