Cindy and I arrived on Staten Island on November 18, 3 weeks after Hurricane Sandy. We headed for a park on Buffalo street to have lunch before going to see if help was needed.
We introduced ourselves to the volunteers and asked where we were needed. We spent the rest of the afternoon knocking on doors from Neptune Street to Center Place.
One house in ten has a red sticker. This meant the house was condemned and slated fro demolition. Another 1 in 10 had a green sticker saying it was inhabitable. The other 8 would bear yellow stickers saying they were safe to work in but not yet ready for habitation. Sometimes the reasons were marked: water in electric panel, water in furnace, or structural damage.
From what we learned later, the “wave” came in at around 25 feet. The streets were submerged in 10 or more feet of water all night long (on the 29th) until the tide receded in the morning. Consequently, everything in the houses had to be thrown out, the walls ripped out and everything disinfected and dried out to prevent more mould from growing.
We told the residents about the food tents on Cedar Grove and about our plans for Thanksgiving dinner. That was day 1. We went for a bite to eat and crashed in front of the fire for a few minutes before turning in for the night.
Come back later to hear about activities nov 19-20.