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November 9th, 2012
11:22 PM ET

Queens resident: It's like Armageddon

CNN's Deb Feyerick reports on the Rockaways, a neighborhood in Queens, New York without electricity 12 days after Sandy. New York Governor Cuomo says the Long Island Power Authority "should be held accountable for their failure" to restore power to 150,000 homes. Burglary there has increased by 7%, police say. One resident worried about defending the belongings he has left tells CNN "They just forgot about us."

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  1. Eric

    Funny how Governor says: "We PAID them...and we GAVE them a franchise because they presented themselves as EXPERTS at doing this." My question to the Governor......"Have you ever worked in an electric plant? Who was the person that "paid them...and gave them?" My dear, dear....misguided man...As the residents without power (living in that VERY EXPENSIVE area of Long Island) may know...or, may not know.......Any idiot would tell you that before you GIVE someone money for something....especially like seeing to the welfare of masses of people.......YOU or WHOEVER you DIRECTLY responsible for the PAYMENT and the OBSERVATION and APPROVAL of OPERATION of the system by a PROFESSIONAL within that field should be held MORE accountable than the company and their workers.....In other words: You GET what you PAY for. And you PAID people who obviously knew how to mislead someone else in how an electric company should be ran.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  2. Suzanne

    Can someone explain why there are no solar generators being set up for the interim while the power is out? With all of the money pouring into New York and New Jersey somebody should have looked at other energy sources for the short term. They sell them at the hardware/home building supply stores. People need to think outside the box. They could distribute solar ovens, which could be used to cook food, heat water, and to heat rocks that could be brought inside to heat at least a small room in the home or the bed to keep people from freezing at night. Some cultures around the world have used hot rocks to stay warm. These rocks would not be hot enough to cause a fire. What about battery operated LED lights for the dark stairwells in apartment buildings? They are cheap, much cheaper than caring for seriously injured people that might fall in the dark apartment building stairwells. Battery-operated lights can be installed on the wall with double-sided tape. Just these small things could help bring some comfort and hope. And, why aren't we providing individuals with some of the lamps and home water purification systems that we distribute in third world countries? They are cheap and effective. Obviously we have other resources we could be using and we are not? Investigative reporting?????? Why not??? These people are desperate. The next big crisis will be health issues for them because they are living in substandard conditions. They are going to need a hospital ship in the harbor and fully staffed Army field hospitals in the hardest hit areas to get care to babies, diabetics, and the elderly who are not getting care. People probably are, and certainly will, start dying. And, we will need massive vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis, and other possible pathogens. There is no excuse for not getting some of these things done. NOW. Get outside the box. While natural gas and electricity are not working, do something else. These people can't wait.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Holly S.

      Well said Suzanne. Act Now!

      November 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  3. Michael Bernstein

    My question is where is the Red Cross and FEMA to help these people? They should be leading the orgainizing effort! Please ask these questions.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Ivy

      That is my question to..where are they..we sent a team from ND...is the job more than they can handle? Quite simply ...I just don't get it....One of my friends in Brooklyn has been without power and heat for two weeks today...People are going to get ill from this...it is cold...people need to be warm and need to eat..the same friend had to hitch a ride to travel 3 miles one way to get a free meal from the Red Cross and was told she had to come back three times a day...not everyone owns a car, not everyone had gas...it makes no sense...it makes me so m

      November 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  4. Will

    I hear 2nd hand that some utility contractors are getting turned away from helping utilities affected by Sandy in the Northeast, simply because these companies are non union. This should be investigated, as it is wrong.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Ivy

      That is very interesting about local utilities turning away non-union helpers......bad news for all concerned...I know Excel Energy sent people there last week...that is volunteering on their part ...people of Mn are paying the bill...why should it matter ...the job needs to be done...how very selfish ...when the situation is so desperate!!!! Thanks for your sharing ! People have to know this. Thank you !

      November 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm |