A hydraulic excavator dumps trash, gathered into into a central location in Highlands, N.J., in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
With Thanksgiving break just around the corner, many New York City natives will be returning home to a community still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Though it’s been nearly three weeks since the storm ravaged the East Coast, residents of the Big Apple are still trying to regain their footing amid wide scale destruction.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that about 200 destroyed homes — primarily located in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn — will be demolished and some residents are still without power.
The delay in reinstating electricity and utilities has fostered mounting discontent among residents, particularly as temperatures continue to drop.
Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an investigation of state utility agencies for their slow response times and reports have shown particularly egregious violations by the Long Island Power Authority, which failed to engage in basic preemptive protocol like maintaining tree branches near power lines.
Matt Windels, a student at Fordham University who hails from Rockaway, Queens, said his family just regained power on Friday and still does not have heat. The storm flooded his basement and destroyed their cars, and he said many in his community have been frustrated with the slow movements toward recovery.
Anna Jane Krusell, a resident of Greenwich Village and student at The New School, said though she initially lost heat, power and water, her community was able to recuperate from the storm with “relative ease.”
Looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, she said Sandy will serve as a means for individuals to feel grateful and better able to put life into perspective.
“This storm was a sobering reminder to be thankful and I think with this people are going to be kinder and more generous to others this season,” she said.
Alexandra Bloch, a student at Oberlin College and a Queens native, said her home was mostly spared and withstood minimal damage, though members of her extended family in Long Island were temporarily displaced due to power outages.
As she gears up for an eight-hour car ride to New York from Ohio this week, she said that despite the challenges in the aftermath of the storm, the fortitude of the city during the holidays will reign supreme.
“The city seems to be pretty much back on its feet,” She said. “The holidays will be slightly different for those greatly affected by the storm and for family that cannot travel, but everyone will pull together in spirit.”
Anjelia Fuccillo, a student at University of California – Fresno from just outside the Hamptons, watched the storm unfold from the opposite side of the country. Though her family remained safe, their beach house on Fire Island experienced mild damage and she said some nearby houses were completely destroyed.
She said her community has mobilized to assist the needy in the wake of the storm, however.
“Many people are donating their time to those who have been seriously affected by Sandy, such as doing food drives, clothes drives, and also volunteering at the Red Cross,” she said. “Many schools, like my high school, were Red Cross stations and many people stayed there during the first couple of days after Sandy.”
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