Sandy victims struggling on hard-hit Staten Island
The floodwater came in about 6 feet deep and soaked almost every part of Christina Szarka's lovely little bungalow.
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#1 Nov 9, 2012
#2 Nov 10, 2012
NY'ers consistantly vote for anyTHING with a D beside it's name on a Ballot so Staten Island much accept tragic out comes as all their pitiful families deserve.
They could starve or freeze to death and Schmummer, Cuomo, and Obama would still be re-elected. It's a Blue state thing. Expect very little and be prepared to settle for less.
#3 Nov 10, 2012
Older communites that never or rarely endure severe storm always suffer the most simply because of old contruction and methods. Although Staten Island has grown and become built up they still have old buildings and alot of tourist/seasonal homes which were not made for year round living.
Anytime you are near a beach you have old seasonal homes. These are the homes that get damaged the most and it is their debris that creates even more damage.
That being said my heart goes out 2 weeks into this catastrophe. NYC seems alarmingly unprepared for mass causalties & damage and this after they suffered in 9/11. They did not learn from history. What did NY do, build a new command center for monitoring and meetings. I doubt they did much planning in those meetings.
Also for all the complaints about the Red Cross I heard on the news that Red Cross Sandy donations will go to the Sandy victims. This should be followed up on. If you are more local I guess the best bet is take donations their yourself and maybe donate sometime.
Good Luck To All Affected especially in Staten Island.
#4 Nov 10, 2012
This mess will teach very few a lasting lesson. Many of them will rebuild on the same location, and then we will see a repeat of this tragedy a few years down the road. I guess those in low lying coastal areas refuse to take the warnings of rising oceans and climate change seriously. It is quite probable that in another hundred years, NYC, and most of our coastal cities will look like Venice. Sensible people would begin to move housing and key infrastructure to higher ground, before we have major problems on a continuing basis. One thing is for sure....investing in any land or property that is not well above current ocean levels is going to be like flushing money down the toilet.
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