Massapequa Park, NY–I live and work in the community. Personally my family lost nothing other than our heat and power. But what I feel strongly about, and the most devastated over, is the lack of communication and “Boots on the Ground” effort. Our own Energy company, LIPA, was nowhere to be seen the entire first week during the aftermath. I work at King Kullen in Massapequa, Merrick Road. I’ve listened to every sad story, comforted the seniors of our community who are lost and alone, and am left with no information. No one has come to their aid! We have FEMA, I’m hearing about just today (November 1511/5).
How were we expected to know about them without power, TV or phones? Every day we hear sirens. My power was restored last night. During the blackout I guarded my house from skulking looters, roaming from house to house with flashlights poking around our homes. We were left vulnerable and frightened. There were no police patrols on the ground, no National Guards, but for the first 3 days after the storm. The roads were hazardous, no traffic lights to navigate, and no one to police that either. It has been a complete fiasco here on the South Shore of Long Island. Terrible! We finally had trucks show up on our block filled with downed wires, poles, trees… only to back out and not reappear until we, the neighbors, cleared a path for their trucks to enter and fix the lines! I’m 50! Hauling tree trunks, branches and debris.