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Nor'easter Makes Things Worse For Rockaways Residents

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Sandy brought misery to countless New Yorkers and the nor'easter just made things worse. In the Rockaways section of Queens, people who thought their situation was improving were finding it tough to cope. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

The snow that clung to the Rockaway Peninsula Thursday morning was a shock to folks here.

One resident, who said her husband was sick, was looking for decongestant. So she and hundreds of others are stocking up at St Francis de Sales Church, where they can get water, food, clothing and a little medicine, all organized by the volunteer group Team Rubicon.

"We had supplies at home," said one resident. "We were prepared for the first hurricane, but now it's just lingering and lingering."

From Ocean Village, where a local generator that charges cell phones is the de facto water cooler that draws people to trade stories, to the Hammel Houses, where generators are running, people fear the cold.

Carlo Pereyra said while he has power and gas, he does not have hot water. So he got creative and created a setup that not only heats up food, it heats up a brick. It gets so hot, it can heat up a room for several hours.

Alongside the bitter cold, folks dealt with a cruel mess. The sand blown in by last week's hurricane is now mud after the nor'easter. Department of Environmental protection crews have been clearing catch basins and sewer lines.

"As inconvenient as the snow is, I think rain may have been a little bit more problematic," said James Roberts, deputy commissioner of the DEP.

That's exactly what James Jackson said he feared. After Sandy, he had seven feet of water in his home. After the nor'easter, he detected a strong smell of gas, which was enough for him to call it in.

"Four blocks burned up there as a result of a gas explosion the night of the hurricane, so I don't want it to be a sequel," he said.

The final chapter seems to be a long way off.

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