Far Rockaways Battered as Hurricane Sandy Looms

Oct 29, 2012 Full story: DNAInfo.com 43

Hurricane Sandy began to roar into the city Monday morning with flooded streets and downed tree limbs just a precursor of what's expected to be in store.

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Dina

Somerset, NJ

#22 Nov 3, 2012
Uhaul Full of Supplies wrote:
Hey Far Rockaway, i live in Westchester County and see how devasting the things are. A bunch of friends and I are raising money and rented a Uhaul and hope to get down there tomorrow/Sunday to supply food, water & clothes.
We were looking to bring the supplies to the VFW on Cross Bay Blvd. We're hoping gas won't play a part in preventing us from getting there.
Please let me know if there's a better central location, know that we're all trying to send support and your not forgotten.
-Steve
Hi Steve- The Rockaway Youth Task Force is doing a tremendous job coordinating efforts and helping to distribute much needed supplies and food to the Rockaway community. Yesterday they spent the day knocking on doors of the apartment developments and assisted almost 100 people, most of them elderly with food, water and blankets. Please email me at my_temple@verizon.net for more information. Communication continues to be a real challenge but I can get in touch with someone. Thanks so much for your kind gesture! They will be so pleased!!
Spike

Ravenna, OH

#23 Nov 3, 2012
You hav to see the silver lining in this event. You dim-wits on the east coast have been voting for the same left-wing anti-energy political hacks for decades,and now you are living the dream come true. No dirty carbon producing gasoline,no dirty carbon producing electric, not even the pizza shops can cook and produce that filthy carbon by product. Your time has arrived, this is your time to shine and show the rest of us how well it works.
Rosemary Willie from SI

Staten Island, NY

#24 Nov 3, 2012
To the person who responded "Hey Rosemary" We located our friend George. He's fine. He rode out the storm in his home on Shorefront Parkway and 99th st. and is very lucky to be alive. His car was parked in front of his home, a piece of boardwalk broke off during a storm surge, it wrapped around his car and kept the water from taking the house. If not for that, he probably would no longer be here. A true miracle! Devastation all around him. To the people looking for people in the Rockaways, communication is difficult. KEEP TRYING! Thank you for your kind post.
Mia

Brooklyn, NY

#25 Nov 3, 2012
Worried Girlfriend wrote:
My Boyfriend Lives in Mott Area 2 blocks from the Beach I spoke to him Monday afternoon he told me not to worry he's ok but later that day and the next day & today I've been calling and texting && can't get him :'( I'm so worried & stressed is it really bad out please let me know something as well. It would really help
I completely understand your anxiety, my boyfriend is in Far Rockaway to and the exact same thing happened. We spoke Monday night and then nothing. Give him time. The phones are down (cells and landlines) as is the power. My boyfriend showed up on my doorstep Wednesday night unexpectedly to tell me he was safe and to check on me. He said things are REALLY bad there and Far Rockaway is destroyed. There is no food, water, power, and with the gas shortage, I dont know the next time I will see him.

Your boyfriend is probably ok, but unable to reach you as was and currently is mine. Our last communication was a text on Thursday when he and his family left the area in search of food and gas. They located food, but no gas, I haven't heard anything since.
Ana

Burnaby, Canada

#27 Nov 3, 2012
Anonymous wrote:
Hello All,
I am one of the many who had to evacuate Far Rockaway. I am out of state which is how I am able to post. For the young woman with a sister in Canada living on 113th street...there was a fire that started on 114 street and spread enough to burn 80-100 homes to breezy point. There is no power or water out there, but power was restored on 114th st...yet the residents can't even stay there! Everyone down the beach has to go elsewhere to power up phones and come back to check on their apts/house because there is looting going on out there. FEMA/Red Cross just sent help yesterday!!! People are still awaiting more help! There is suppose to be buses to get people to a train station to travel to the city, but that's all I can tell you all for now!

Hey Judged, thank you very much for
your reply.

I'm still waiting for some news about my sister. I was
thinking of flying there to look for her but I've been told
the situation is too chaotic and no gas to get around.

If you or anyone know of any shelters or a phone number of a
shelter(s) in the area around 113th in Rockaway Park area

that people might have gone to, that would be great. I would
think the shelters would have generators so they might have

phones working.


I don't know if every area that was hit, has the same
problem but I find that other then Breezy Point, the news
coverage and formation on the rest of the Rockaway's is
almost non-existent. It seems worse than if this disaster
had happened in a third world country.

Thanks again for any help you can give and God Bless all of
the people affected by this.
Darius

Brooklyn, NY

#28 Nov 3, 2012
Rosemary Willie from SI wrote:
To the person who responded "Hey Rosemary" We located our friend George. He's fine. He rode out the storm in his home on Shorefront Parkway and 99th st. and is very lucky to be alive. His car was parked in front of his home, a piece of boardwalk broke off during a storm surge, it wrapped around his car and kept the water from taking the house. If not for that, he probably would no longer be here. A true miracle! Devastation all around him. To the people looking for people in the Rockaways, communication is difficult. KEEP TRYING! Thank you for your kind post.
Great!! I'm so glad you found your friend!
Guest

San Diego, CA

#29 Nov 4, 2012
Bloomberg told Obama not to come to NYC, that it was all under control; he did want to come. Bloomberg said, "Not to diss Obama but I think he should just go to New Jersey where he is needed." :( Totally Bloomberg's fault on that one.
Rosemary Willie from SI

Staten Island, NY

#30 Nov 5, 2012
Hey Rosemary wrote:
Shorefront pkwy was hit bad but it's the destruction from the broadwalk. If he's in to Dayton towers he should be ok, but there is no power. Let me now what street he's on. Ill post to tell you the conditions of the area. Good luck!
Thank you for your kind reply. We posted an answer "To the Person Who Posted Hey Rosemary" George is ok.
Pam from NC

Durham, NC

#31 Nov 5, 2012
Looking for cousin Pam F (black approximately 52-56 years old) maybe on Seagirt Blvd, Far Rockaway. Pam's grandmother (Amy) was from Wake Forest, NC and her father Dennis lived there until his death. If someone has or knows of her whereabout please tell her to call her cousins (any)from NC or Paulette in NY . Thank you
Sasha Young

New York, NY

#32 Nov 5, 2012
portia young wrote:
This is to obama how can you be in nj when this is so meny people and kids out in nyc(far rockaway) with their home gone no food power or water for feed their baby and you in nj and they ant even get it as bad as far rockaway there other races and people who need help to not just the rich middle class and lower class need help to wehave called the news for them to be very rude now we are wirting youto inform you that WE NEED HELP IN FAR ROCKAWAY NEW YORK CITY thank you
I know you're upset and I totally understand your point. However, you cant blame President Obama because he wanted to come to NYC but our mayor told him no, he couldn't spare the police force to escort him around the areas affected by the storm. He wanted to come but Bloomberg told him no. However NJ welcomed him. I know Far Rock is really bad but it's pretty unfair for you to say you guys got hit the worst. Everyone close to the water got hit pretty badly and everyone needs help. If you're not in the other areas that was affected, how can you say you're area should come first. They're probably saying the same thing. Then the question would be "who's right?" I do agree that areas like Far Rock and Canarsie are not given as much attention and aid as NJ and other areas. That's why we have to come together and be heard so that they can see other areas need help. I personally do not think pointing fingers and cursing out the people we need help from (I know you didnt curse them out but I saw a lady from far rock cursing bloomberg out on the news) is not the way to go. Just like how the marathon was canceled, we should come together and find effective ways of voicing our opinion to bring about a change and help for the overlooked areas.

I hope you dont have to endure this much long and I hope your power is restored as quickly as possible.
Debbie Allen

Tyler, TX

#33 Nov 6, 2012
My dughters, who is 14 and her youth group here in Texas has collected blankets and coats and would like to ship them up there somewhere. Can someone provide us with an address to ship to?

Thank you!
And
Texas is prayin for all of you!!!

Since: Apr 12

Willcox, AZ

#34 Nov 7, 2012
People from all over the country are trying to get supplies to the areas. Its hard on those who are still without power, food or water.

People are trying and pulling together.
Pam

Boynton Beach, FL

#35 Nov 9, 2012
The Sandcastle Apartments,
711 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway 11691
NO power, NO water,(unable to use toilets !!) NO phone, NOTHING !! All out for nearly 12 days now ! No help in sight either !! Where are the OWNERS (Saratogo Gold ; - MIRA)????? THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN !!!!!!!!! WHY ??????????
lizajennifer

Astoria, NY

#36 Nov 9, 2012
Please remember the people in Far rockaway area. The Rockaways is a long peninsula. I am praying for the people in all areas but especially the Far Rockaway area which is downtown - from Beach 9th to beach 54th. Don't forget they need your help too.
CAH

Englewood, CO

#37 Nov 12, 2012
Which part of Far Rockaway do you live? For the most part most of the Building and Houses that sustained damages(flood) has no power. Getting contact by cell phone is out of the question. I live close by the 878 and received power this past Saturday. My dad lives by mott avenue and he still does not have power.
Obama

Raleigh, NC

#38 Nov 13, 2012
Thanks for your votes. I'm going to watch some TV and take a nap. Try to keep the noise down.
The Loon is Always RIght

Lindenhurst, NY

#39 Nov 13, 2012
The itinerary for President Obama's trip to New York City Thursday includes a visit to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Staten Island, the Advance has learned.

A government official confirmed that President Obama will make a stop on Staten Island, home to more than half of the city's Hurricane Sandy-related deaths.

Obama's itinerary is not official, and is subject to change. The official said Obama's Staten Island plans will include a stop at Miller Field in New Dorp. No other details were available, and it's not known if he will also visit storm-ravaged neighborhoods in the borough.

Staten Island has seen a fierce federal response to the deadly Oct. 29 storm, which destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands without power. More than 250 Federal Emergency Management Agency workers are stationed on the borough, providing disaster relief. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has visited the borough twice, including a visit Sunday where she identified housing relief as the agency's top priority.

FEMA had conducted 17,000 interviews as of Saturday, according to Borough President James Molinaro, and has given out almost $39 million in assistance. He said the agency has done an "outstanding job" so far.

Thank you President Obama.
Obama

Raleigh, NC

#40 Nov 13, 2012
You so welcome. I will bring some KFC for the peeps with no heat. Y'all want original or extra crispy?
sorry no one here

Riverhead, NY

#41 Nov 13, 2012
Not one of the above people reaching out to us for help said that they had called FEMA, the White House, Cuomo, Schumer or Bloom-bug.

Why do you suppose that is?
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#42 Nov 13, 2012
sorry no one here wrote:
Not one of the above people reaching out to us for help said that they had called FEMA, the White House, Cuomo, Schumer or Bloom-bug.
Why do you suppose that is?
their cell-phone service sux ???

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