Hurricane Sandy one month on - Irish Day of Action reveals many still hurting in the Rockaways
Many still without power and heat one month after hurricane hit
“A lot of people are without heat,” Cortez explains. “A lot are without power still.”
One month on, the two biggest concerns for residents are the dropping temperatures and mould Sandy left behind in their homes.
“It’s like a bomb fell out of the sky.” Cortez said. “I spoke to a woman who lost everything, her home and business. She is living off credits and has two small children.
“A lot of people don’t know what to do or where to turn.”
Four weeks after the hurricane struck volunteer numbers are starting to dwindle, but Rockaways residents need help now more than ever, Cortez says.
“Everyone fears people are going to forget about us,” she adds.
Later on that afternoon our group of volunteers piled onto the two yellow school buses for our journey back to Manhattan. People shared stories about their experiences.
The atmosphere was upbeat; we had helped in some small way. But as our buses drove through the streets of the Rockaway Peninsula, the debris piled high on the sidewalks served as a reminder there was a lot more action needed.
The most alarming thing about the Irish Day of Action was the visible inaction of the federal government. How four weeks on are people still without power and heat in one of the most sophisticated cities in the world?
If we can learn anything from theIrish Day of Action, it should be that Saturday was just the beginning. Our fellow New Yorkers in the Rockaways, in parts of Long Island and Staten Island need our help. Let’s not forget them in their hour of need.
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