Skip to comments.New York faces 'massive housing problem' after Sandy, governor says
Posted on 11/04/2012 2:45:44 PM PST by Hojczyk
(CNN) -- Kevin Cordova's family tried cooking hot food to stay warm. They wore their winter coats inside and buried themselves under blankets.
But on Sunday, six days after powerful winds from Superstorm Sandy knocked out their power, temperatures dipped so low they couldn't spend another night in their home in Floral Park, New York.
"There's really no amount of blankets that can stop you from being cold in 30-degree weather," said Cordova, 28. "We feel a little homeless right now. We have our house, but we can't really use it."
Officials say thousands of New Yorkers left without heat after Superstorm Sandy hit may need to leave their homes as temperatures plummet, but it's not clear where they'll go.
Residents in the Rockaways, in Queens, vented their frustrations at Bloomberg as he toured the area Saturday. One woman yelled, "When are we going to get some help!" while a man talked about "old ladies in my building who have got nothing."
Supplementing and, in some cases, dissatisfied with the government response, neighbors and volunteers from afar to hard-hit areas over the weekend to offer food, clothing and whatever else to those who are still cold and hungry.
"We covered two children with a blanket freezing and shivering here trying to get food last night," Rockaway resident Lauren O'Connor told CNN affiliate NY1. "We said we had to do something." Dropping temperatures are only one concern the region faces, with the presidential election only days away.
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“How we gonna vote for Barry now???”
And Sandy was not even a hurricane.
Imagine if it had been a cat 5 hurricane?
The Pied-Pipers of Socialism being denied?
I hope so given the worsening job conditions if Obamao is reelected.
Landlords will make a killing voiding all the “rent control” deals of displaced residents. Expect property values around NYC to go through the (ahem) roof.
Pinging Captain Obvious.
Hopefully conditions improve for everyone there soon.
Oh come on!
All those homes that banks own, due to Obama and his RATs crashing the mortgage industry? I’m sure they’re just dying to unload a few hundred thousand houses real cheap.
Sandy shed a whole new light on the term “underwater mortgage” dinnit?
We lost power for a week a few years ago after a storm. We are always prepared. Thank god it was in September while it was still warm, not November.
The article was correct in that no amount of blankets will warm a child when it’s 30 degrees.
How about a little compassion Freeper friends,,, this hit ALL the residents, not just the ones we disagree with politically.
I just don’t understand this. When Katrina hit we took in thousands of people from NOLA. There were wall-to-wall cots at the Astrodome, George R. Brown Convention Center, several high school gyms, local colleges. People were shuttled around on school buses. Worked there a couple of days at one shelter. Lunchtime was thousands of sandwiches made in assembly line fashion. Doesn’t anybody there know how to organize anything? Need to get rid of the governors and turn this part of the operation over to some older mothers or let the military do it.
Many years ago I got snowed in, in a house that had no fireplace or woodstove. It was awful. I want to say I was without power for six months—that’s what it felt like!—but it was really just six days. I was not able to leave and hike out through the woods for reasons of health. At that point I swore that I would never again live in a house without a fireplace and/or a woodstove. As soon as I could, I made that true. Never never never never.
Maybe one silver living that will come out of this is that the know-it-all progressive northerners will learn a little humility towards the southerners they so often mock as dumb. Now they are finding out that we southerners know how to take care of community better than they do, because we rely on OURSELVES AND WE COOPERATE WITH EACH OTHER BETTER THAN THEY DO!!
Guess knowing which Chablis goes with which cheese doesn’t matter a whole hell of a lot now does it?
I’m no prepper but even I know how to stay warm in a power failure. Catalytic propane heaters are cheap, Coleman propane lanterns throw off quite a bit of heat, and if all else fails a few candles in a small room will keep you alive.
“”There’s really no amount of blankets that can stop you from being cold in 30-degree weather,”
30 degrees? Above zero? Sheltered from the wind?
Are you kidding me?!!!
The blessed configuration of DNA that resulted in the overwhelming success of the human species seems to have weakened considerably. The entire inbred sub-species inhabiting the Northeastern cities must be on the cusp of winning some sort of collective Darwin Award. It needs culling.
Can they not physically tolerate a few days of low-intensity “roughing it” that would pale compared to lots of camping I’ve done? Do they not know that people, even recently, have survived incredible rigors like the Battle of the Bulge and Stalingrad. Do they really not know that human mothers long ago figured out (without handwringing) how to warm their babies, so that the species could survive the historical sweep of human expansion north from Africa?
Do they really have no clue how to prepare to keep their families safe, fed and warm, even with almost a week’s warning? Long underwear, wool socks, neck gators, sleeping bags, food, water, etc - they might have had such practicalities in reserve for years if smart, but even the near-clueless could have woken up and ordered them in time with expedited shipping from EBay when the storm first got publicity. Sheesh!
LOL Oh do I agree dagogo. I kick the blankets of down to mid forties. Have slept many nights with no heat in the building down to minus 30 outside temps. I would not want to these days but know that I could. I live where wintertime blizzards invariably bring power failures. I have never seen house temps drop below 30 degrees even after 8 days of wind. But a few candles and or a a two mantle Coleman lanterns become worth their weight in something good.
Since you are so smart and resilient, why don’t you go and volunteer and teach those people how to survive?
Going camping in 30 degree weather is no comparison to a flood. You have obviously not been through a flood and thus are ignorant of the effects it has on a human mind and body.
I was in a flood in August. It was hot. I cannot imagine going through all that in November.
We had a Vet here. The most wonderful, caring person you’d ever meet. He cooked for us for two weeks. One day he didn’t show up. We found out that he was in the hospital. Mental breakdown or something similar. He couldn’t handle seeing all the destruction and what people had to go through just to get back to normalcy. Maybe he had some sort of flashback.
Unless you’ve been through a flood, you have NO CLUE as to what those people are experiencing.
No problem, Czar Bloomberg will order that thousands of housing units appear. If he can make 32 oz. sugary drinks disappear, I’m sure that he can walk on water to bless the homeless, lay on hands to heal the sick and broken, break fish and bread to feed the multitudes, and make housing rise up from empty plots of earth.
By the time you're an adult your body is in tune with the heat, and then when you escape to New York City it's going to be cold the rest of your life.
This is partly adaptation and partly background genetics that are not changeable. Best to wear clothes appropriate to the climate.
El Norte should be left to the folks from the North anyway. They're born adapted to something like 30, or 10, or even -50! Frankly, I love -30 the best because if there's no wind you can breath out ice particles. Stand on the sides of your feet inside your heavy boots though. That's some cold stuff.
Oh lord please don’t relocate them to Arizona again.
Not everybody reacts the same way, but I'd bet just about all those who scoffs at the people at the cutting edge of this disaster have something they imagine they couldn't deal with ~ just ask them.
Still, some folks are simply built different ~ nature doesn't play this 'born equal' stuff ~ that's best kept in court.
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