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November 12th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Sandy leaves New York's Far Rockaway in cold, dark – Victor Blackwell reports

From CNN wire:

Far Rockaway, New York (CNN) - First Sandy. Then a nor'easter. Residents in this small hamlet at the eastern edge of Rockaway Peninsula are exhausted and on edge.

Eleven days after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, flooding nearly all of the Rockaways, they are still cold and in the dark.
Huddled beneath blankets and with the car's heat cranked up, 56-year-old Matt Lintonmapp Jr. has spent every night sleeping in his car since Sandy left him homeless.

Earlier in the week, fistfights broke out at relief supply depots in Far Rockaway, Queens, just as the first snowfall of the year blanketed the region and ushered in fresh misery to those already battered by Sandy.

Clean, running water is also in shorter supply across the peninsula in the wake of the crisis. Some residents were seen carrying buckets of water to wash down their toilets. Others boiled water to drink later or use for cooking. Still, gas remains the crucial thing here.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Victor Blackwell reports on how residents are coping after Sandy as they enter a third week without power or heat.

READ MORE: Still in the dark, frustration mounts in New York neighborhood

Filed under: Hurricane Sandy
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  1. Janet

    As a mother of a daughter who is a doctor at St. John's Episcopal Hospital (which is still without electricity) is very concern about her safety and others who lives in Arverne, NY. The Rockaway’s have been without lights since Sandy hit that area, it has been reported that lights will not be restored for another 4-6 weeks. Could it be that since this is a low income area that they are viewed as less important or could be that they are not on the priority list? Could more attention be given to this under reported area!!

    November 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply

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