People who live in Canarsie, Brooklyn say they weren't expecting to take a big hit from Hurricane Sandy, but the neighborhood was pummeled by wind and high water and now, they're trying to pick up the pieces. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Crete Martin called for her daughter the night of Hurricane Sandy. The flood water inundated her home and many of her possessions.
"The water cover the cars. My trunk fly open. The tire was all the way up the road," Martin said. "I can laugh now because God is so good that he spared us."
She had the sheet rock torn out, fearing the growth of mold, while she waited for her whole house to get rewired. She got heat, hot water and partial electricity back last week. With no flood insurance, though, it seems it's tens of thousands of dollars out of her pocket.
"I have insurance for the house, but they keep asking me all kinds of questions," she said. "'Did a tree fall on the house? Did you lose any shingles on the house? Did anything blow off the house?' Who the hell can tell with all that water? It can take everything away."
Consolidated Edison crews continue to work outside Charmaine Rose's home. Sandy's wind took down a big tree on top of some power lines.
"It was very scary," she said.
She ran next door with her family worried about a fire, but came home to a flood. Salt water made a mess of her basement, and the main level took a big hit, too. On Monday, she tore up the floor. Now, she's using a heater to dry out what she found.
"The subfloor was still wet three weeks later, and mold already has started," Rose said.
The mold growing on the subfloor looks like a petri dish. Rose worries how much more she'll have to replace.
The flooding came from a nearby inlet off of Jamaica Bay. Many residents say Con Ed restored power quickly, but driving around, some have power and some homes do not, and that depends on the state of repairs in each house.